Our focus is to build a diverse community of individuals who are 1) trained on the methods, theory and decision science to create iterative near-term forecasts, or 2) trained to use the forecast predictions in management and policy. The Education and Diversity & Inclusion are separate working groups, but work closely together with a focus on building an inclusive community of practice among ecological forecasting educators and developing open, collaborative, and extensible teaching materials at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. We think training in ecological forecasting is important for all ecologists, not just those actively building forecasts. For example, the approaches used to design experiments and collect data can change nontrivially if we want to inform predictions.

Education Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The Education Group will be meeting on June 16, July 14, and August 18 at noon US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at

Education Resources

HERE is a list of over one hundred educational resources related to Ecological Forecasting.

  • Resources include course material, videos, code repositories, modules, and online textbooks.
  • Resources are organized around concepts of forecasting, basics of R, Python, ecology, and statistics, data sources, data skills, model building, the forecast cycle, applying forecasts, and using decision science or interpreting forecasts as end-users.
  • Resources are categorized as Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced

Are you learning R, do you teach Biostats with R, or are you thinking of teaching Biostats with R?  Here are suggestions and infographics you can use for support. This project was led by EFI Member Olivia Tabares and the Education Working Group.

Jason McLachlan’s overview of the Education Group’s activities presented at the August 2020 ESA Symposia 25: The Ecological Forecasting Initiative: Lessons Learned from a Grassroots Network to Advance Ecology

Notes from Working Group Calls
Chair: Jason McLachlan (University of Notre Dame)

  1. July 14, 2021
  2. June 16, 2021
  3. May 10, 2021
  4. April 19, 2021
  5. March 29, 2021
  6. March 1, 2021
  7. February 1, 2021
  8. December 14, 2021
  9. November 16, 2021
  10. October 12, 2020
  11. September 14, 2020
  12. August 19, 2020
  13. July 22, 2020
  14. June 24, 2020
  15. May 27, 2020
  16. April 20, 2020
  17. April 13, 2020
  18. March 16, 2020
  19. February 17, 2020
  20. December 4, 2019
  21. October 16, 2019
  22. September 17, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call
  23. July 12, 2019 – joint DEI and Education Working Group call