- Nov: The SAMBAH project, designed to estimate population size and distribution of the red-listed Baltic harbour porpoise, is coming to an end. The final project conference is next month, when the population estimates will be revealed. I've been heavily involved in the survey design and analysis, so I'm excited to see what the various stakeholders make of our work...
- Nov: A while back, I helped with an analysis of 10 years of line transect data on cetaceans off Southern California, focussing particularly on yearly and seasonal trends -- the resulting paper (Campbell et al.) is now online.
- Nov: Paper laying out a nice framework for unifying two previously disperate sampling methods (Borchers et al.) is now online.
- See also the stats division's news page
I am a statistical ecologist 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. Co-taught with Michail Papathomas. Semester 1 2014.
- MT5753 Statistical Modelling. Co-taught with Monique MacKenzie and Ben Steveson. Semester 1 2014.
- I have also been heavily involved in MT3607 Computing in Statistics.
- 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:
- 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).
- Rocio Gonzalez (Statistics). Animal movement and distance sampling.
- Paul Wensveen (Statistics). 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.
- 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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