Dr. Banet's lab, in part, studies the long term effects of increased stress in juvenile fish and, separately, the predation on juvenile salmon by non-native species. I help the Banet lab with some of their statistical analyses regarding these research topics.
Stan is software targeting Bayesian statistics and, more generally, high-performance statistical computing. The core development team is a friendly and active group of computer programmers turned statisticians -- or is it the other way around? Contributing to the Stan code base is great fun and a terrific way to learn/practice programming.
I'm deriving an R specific version of the free and open source book, OpenIntro Statistics.