Below, you find a list and links with some helpful open source software. We will use some of the software listed below in class.

Learning support software:

Reference manager:


To find out how to install R on your computer, please download the following tutorial Installing R and R-Commander (tutorial credit: Jessica Utts). The tutorial also explains how to install R Commander on your computer. R Commander is a graphical interface for R that we will be using in our Ecology class.

Important: If you have a Mac and problems loading R Commander, please refer to the following website:

Geograhic Information Systems (GIS):

Image analysis and manipulation:

Video tutorial creation software:  

Microscope software:

  • Download the “MD Camera Series Drivers and software” here.