- Jan 29th: Congratulations to PhD student Rebecca Jewell for successfully defending her thesis on "Quantifying the effects of anthropogenic sound on density and strandings of cetaceans in the northeast Atlantic."
- Jan 20th: I've begun a stint as Director of our research centre, CREEM. Thanks to Steve Buckland and John Harwood for guiding us so ably during our first 11 years!
- Jan: Paper quantifying acoustic response of Blainville's beaked whales to Navy exercises in Bahamas published in PLOS One (Moretti et al.).
- Dec: Paper published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Harris et al.) demonstrating use of Ocean Bottom Seismometers for estimating fin whale density.
- Dec: Paper on how killer whales respond to sonar (Miller et al.) has been accepted for publication by the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
- Dec: Paper on factors affecting maximum dive depth of elephant seals (Photopoulou et al.) is now available as a preprint from Marine Mammal Science.
- Nov: Paper published in Journal of Applied Ecology (Schick et al.) on use of a model to estimate body condition of elephant seals while they are at sea, based on tag-based information about their buoyancy..
- Nov: Former PhD student Marjolaine Caillat's thesis is available online. The title is "Assessing and correcting for the effects of species misclassification during passive acoustic surveys of cetaceans."
I am a statistical ecologist based in the
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM)
at the University of St Andrews. CREEM is nominally divided up into
research units, and some of my work is within the
Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment (RUWPA).
I am also part of the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE) and
Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI).
There are two main strands to my work:
For more on these topics, see Links related to current projects.
- Use of computer intensive methods to fit and compare stochastic models
of wildlife population dynamics. I mostly work on algorithms called particle filters.
Here is an accessible article about some of this work.
- Development of methods and software for estimating the size, density and distribution
of wild animal and plant populations. I mostly work on a group of related methods
called distance sampling.
Here is a poster giving an accessible overview of some of this work.
Here is an introductory article on distance sampling.
- MT3607: Computing in Statistics. Co-taught with Eric Rexstad. Class will next be taught in Semester 1 (i.e. Sept-Dec) 2014.
- International training workshops in distance sampling and wildlife abundance estimation.
Students and Postdocs
PhD students I (co-)supervise:
Post-doctoral research fellows I (co-)supervise:
- Rebecca Jewell (Biology). Modelling cetacean dive behaviour and density, and relating spatio-temporal trends in density to anthropogenic activities.
- David Moretti (Biology). Determining the effect of Mid-Frequency Active (MFA) sonar on the fitness of Blainville’s beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) in the Tongue of the Ocean (TOTO).
- Nancy DiMarzio (Biology). Distribution, habitat use and movements of Blainville’s beaked whales in the Tongue of the Ocean (TOTO).
- Rocio Gonzalez (Statistics). Animal movement and distance sampling.
- Paul Wensveen (Statistics). Behavioural and motor responses of wild and captive cetaceans to intense sounds.
- James Lawrence (Statistical Laboratory, Univ. Cambridge). Trans-dimensional sequential importance sampling for model averaging, with application to Bayesian state-space models of wildlife population dynamics.
- Goldie Philips (Nichols School of the Environment, Duke University). Passive Acoustics: A Tool for Abundance Estimation, Predictive Habitat Modeling, and the Examination of Noise Effects on Bottlenose Dolphin Communication Signals.
- Stacy DeRuiter. MOCHA - Multi-study Ocean acoustics Human effects Analysis.
- Catriona Harris. MOCHA and PCADs - Population consequence of acoustic disturbance.
- Danielle Harris. Cheap DECAF - Developing cost effective methods for Density Estimation from Acoustic Fixed sensors.
- Larua Marshall. Distance programming.
- David Miller. Distance programming.
- Tiago Marques. LATTE - Linking Acoustic Tests and Tagging using statistical Estimation: modeling the behavior of beaked whales in response to mid-frequency active sonar.
- Cornelia Oedekoven. Population Consequence of Disturbance (PCoD) and other projects.
- Dina Sadykova. MOCHA.
- Rob Schick. PCoD. (Rob is now a MASTS fellow.)
Links related to some current projects
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