I am an ecological statistician based in the
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM),
where I am Director, and the School of Mathematics and Statistics, where I am a Reader.
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.
- MT4531 Bayesian Inference \ MT5831 Advanced Bayesian Inference. Semester 1 2015.
- Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre (SMSTC). This is a training programme for beginning PhD students. I am involved in the statistics stream.
- 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:
- Guilherme Bortolotto (Biology, joint with Phil Hammond). Whales and humans: the impact of human activities on the ecology of humpback whales along the coast of Brazil.
- David Moretti (Biology, joint with Peter Tyack). 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).
- Rocio Gonzalez (Statistics, joint with Tiago Marques). Animal movement and distance sampling.
- Paul Wensveen (Biology, joint with Patrick Miller). Behavioural and motor responses of wild and captive cetaceans to intense sounds.
- Andreia Pereira (Instituto Dom Luiz, Universidade de Lisboa). Investigation of fin whales using ocean bottom recordings.
- 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.
- Natacha Aguilar de Soto. Marie Curie fellow: Marine mammal behavioural ecology and conservation biology.
- 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.
- Laura 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.
Links related to some current projects
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