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Highland Statistics Ltd was founded more than 25 years ago by Dr. Alain F. Zuur (statistician). The company is based in Scotland and provides statistical courses and consultancy.


Statistics courses

An interdisciplinary team consisting of Dr. Alain F. Zuur (statistician) and Dr. Elena N. Ieno (biologist) offers 20 to 25 statistical online and onsite courses per year. Courses are non-technical and cover a wide range of statistical techniques. See this pdf file for a detailed description.

Upcoming live courses:  

  • Hybrid course (onsite and online): Zero-inflated GAMs for the analysis of spatial and spatial-temporal correlated data using R-INLA. Wageningen, The Netherlands. 23 - 27 September 2024 Teaching times: 09.00-16.00 CET. Course flyer.
  • Online: Introduction to linear mixed-effects models, multivariate GLMM and GLLVM. 7 -11 October 2024. Teaching times: 14.00-19.00 BST (09.00-14.00 EST). Course flyer.
  • Online: Introduction to Linear Mixed-Effects Models and GLMM. 28 -31 October 2024. Teaching times: 09.00-16.00 BST.  Course flyer.

We also provide 9 different self-study courses with on-demand videos.



Our course material is based on a series of 14 statistical textbooks. Three books were published by Springer. One book has been translated into Chinese and Japanese.

 We offer a "View-only" package for university and institutional libraries. Get access to all our books for all your employees.


Scientific papers

We have contributed to a large number of scientific papers, which has resulted in a long list of co-authored papers. In particular, we are first-authors of one of the most cited and downloaded papers in ecology: A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems. Zuur et al. (2010). This paper is labeled as a 'Hot Paper' in the field of Environment/Ecology by Science Watch at Thomson Reuters.



Highland Statistics provides statistical consultancy in various forms, e.g. help with paper submission or referee comments, guidance with statistical analyses, or analysis of data. Our input can be anything from a few hours to large projects of 50+ days. Our customers include the United Nations, NIOZ, Wageningen University, Institute of Marine Research, DFO, JNCC, Rijkswaterstaat, DEWLP, among many others.



It seems like nobody comes to us for the easy stuff! Half of our consultancy work dives into territories where off-the-shelf methods just don’t cut it, often turning our projects into full-blown statistical research. And more often than not, these brain teasers end up as scientific papers!