Recent years have witnessed a tremendous growth in the use of open source software to address almost every computing requirement. For statistical analyses, computing and graphics researchers are increasingly making use of R – an open source platform. R has gained popularity among ecologists and conservation scientists as an effective platform that efficiently enables them to carry out almost all routine and advanced analyses. The workshop 'How R you doing?' will serve as a primer to introduce participants to the statistical and graphical capabilities of R and prepare them to start using R independently.