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Ken Aho

Ken Aho, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Plant Ecology & Statistics

Office: Life Sciences 419

(208) 282-3391

Aho Lab

Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 418
We study biostatistics and plant community ecology.
Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R (book website)


2007, M.S. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
2006, Ph.D. Biology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
1995, B.S. Biology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

2007-2011, Postdoctoral fellow, Alpine plant ecology in the context of exotic mountain goats, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Biographical sketch

Dr. Aho became a tenure track faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences in 2011. As a Ph.D. student at Montana State University, Dr. Aho described the alpine and cliff ecology of Yellowstone National Park in the context of exotic mountain goats. While completing this work he found that he greatly enjoyed statistics, prompting an additional graduate degree in biostatistics. Dr. Aho currently teaches and conducts research in statistics and ecology. His work in biostatistics has resulted in the pedagogic R software package asbio and the textbook: "Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R". His work in plant community ecology has been both theoretical (e.g., evaluating a creating methods for identifying the correct number of communities in landscapes) and practical (e.g., reclamation of pondersa pine steppe following coal mining). Dr. Aho enjoys playing guitar, skiing, rock climbing and spending time with his wife Jessica (an entomologist) and son Olavi (named for his Finnish grandfather).


BIOL 2209 General Ecology
BIOL 3316 Biometry Lab
BIOL 4408/5508 Plant Ecology
BIOL 4496 Ecology Senior Seminar
BIOL 6605 Graduate Biometry
BIOL 6692 Introduction to R programming

Selected publications

Aho, K., Derryberry, D., Peterson, T. In press. Model selection for ecologists: The worldviews of AIC and BIC. Ecology.

Bandyopadhay, P. S., Greenwood, M., Brittan, G. Jr., Aho, K., and Raby, M. In press. Empiricism and/or instrumentalism. Erkenntis.

Weber, C. F., Lockhart, J. S.*, Aho, K., Charaska, E.*, and K. A. Lohse. 2014. Bacterial composition of soils in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests exposed to different wildfire burn severity. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 69: 242-250.

Aho, K. 2013. Foundational and Applied Statistics for Biologists Using R. Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 618 pgs.

Aho, K. and Bala, J. 2012. Vascular alpine flora of Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park, USA. Madroño 59(1): 2-13.

(* denotes student author)


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