This workshop will serve as an introduction to the methods, techniques, and analysis of avian microbiome data (previous coding experience is not required). This introductory workshop is designed for researchers who are interested and curious about incorporating microbiome studies into their research programs, but are unfamiliar with the general process and available tools. This workshop will focus on factors to consider before launching a microbiome project, proper sample collection, sequencing techniques (and associated costs), analysis tools for microbiome studies, and the bioinformatic analysis of a mock microbiome dataset using QIIME2. Through this workshop (and associated symposium and roundtable), participants will gain a better understanding of how best to integrate microbiome analysis into their study systems.
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