support to the biologists
I have had some exceptional students from the conservation biology Ph.D. program in my graduate level regression class. Although their statistics backgrounds tend to be weaker than those of our own statistics students, they make up for it with an excellent study ethic (data collection in the Florida swamps as an arduous alternative), an appreciation for temporal and spatial variables (not just generic X's as predictor variables), an inherent grasp of hypotheses and tentative models, and considerable experience in documenting their work. These students are certainly experienced at writing reports and explaining the results in a fashion understandable to the general public (goes with the conservation biology territory I guess). Finally, those students who have collected data themselves in the field, have a healthy appreciation and skepticism for the examples presented in class.