I provide data analysis services, statistical consulting, and tailored courses in applied statistics and data analysis using the R software environment.



Hi! I’m Marco Plebani, quantitative ecologist (PhD) with a decade worth of experience with performing and teaching data visualisation, data analysis, and modelling.

My expertise includes data visualisation, general linear models (t-test, ANOVA, Analysis of Covariance, regression), generalised linear models, mixed-effect models (particularly with R packages lme4lmerTest, and glmmTMB), generalised additive models (GAMs), multivariate statistics (particularly with R package vegan), cluster analysis, and more. I do all my statistics, modelling, graphs, and data handling using the R software environment.

I have been involved in research on a variety of topics including population dynamics, community ecology, biodiversity, evolution and coevolution, biogeography, and spatial ecology. I like to translate the beauty of nature in quantitative terms, and to give data a voice.

Academic background

  • 2016-2020: pollination biology researcher (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
  • 2011-2015: PhD in Ecology (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
  • 2008-2010: MSc in Marine Biology (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • 2004-2008: BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity (University of Pisa, Italy)

I have taught or assisted with teaching applied statistics and data analysis at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).

When I am not doing ecology or statistics I am probably outside, climbing some rocks.