Random effects models

Plastic waste and disease on coral reefs - Another misinterpretation of a statistical model

Recently, I came across this very interesting article published in Science about how plastic waste is associated with disease on coral reefs (J. B. Lamb et al. 2018). The main conclusions are contact with plastic increases the probability of disease, the morphological structure of the reefs is associated with the probability of being in contact with plastic with more complex ones being more likely to be affected by plastic,