Speakers

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Steve Buckland

Steve Buckland has been Professor of Statistics at St Andrews since 1993. He established the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling in 1999.  In 2005, he founded the UK's National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE), together with Byron Morgan and Steve Brooks.  The ongoing distance sampling project which he established has resulted in software 'Distance' with over 30,000 registered users from around 125 countries. He has served on many working groups and committees, including the working group that set up the UK's Breeding Bird Survey in 1994, and a panel reviewing the UK's biodiversity indicators in 2015-16, set up by the government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Jointly with NCSE colleagues, he established the biennial ISEC conferences in 2008. He is currently the Editor in Chief for the statistics journal JABES.

Proposed talk title: Monitoring biodiversity: opportunities and pitfalls

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Stephen Ellner

Dr. Stephen Ellner is the Horace White Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. A mathematician by training, Stephen’s research interests cross the boundaries of statistics, mathematics, and theoretical biology. Receiving his doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Cornell in 1982, Stephen held positions in Mathematics at the University of Tennessee and in Statistics at North Carolina State before taking up his current position at Cornell in 2000. Among other work, Stephen and his collaborators pioneered the development of integral projection models, the continuous analogue of discrete matrix projection models, and their application to studying population and community dynamics. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 refereed articles, including six articles published in Nature and Science, he has written a text on the application of dynamic models in the biological sciences, and he has supervised more than 25 graduate students over his thirty-five-year career.

Proposed talk title: Trait-based demography: linking individuals, populations, and communities in varying environments

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Jennifer Hoeting

Professor, Colorado State University Department of Statistics; Dr. Hoeting received her PhD in Statistics from the University of Washington and has been on the faculty at Colorado State University since 1994. She specializes in Bayesian statistics, model selection and uncertainty, and spatial statistics. Much of her research is focused on developing new statistical methods to address problems in ecology. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and received the Distinguished Achievement Medal from ASA’s Section on Statistics and the Environment. In 2015 she was named Professor Laureate of the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University. Hoeting is the founding editor of the journal Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography (ASCMO). Dr. Hoeting has been advisor to more than 30 PhD and MS students. She co-authored the book Computational Statistics with Geof H. Givens, Ph.D., now in its second edition. It has been adopted as a text book in over 25 countries including top universities in the US.

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William Link

William Link is a mathematical statistician in the Biometrics Group at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  He received his Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986. After a year on the faculty of Towson University, Link was hired as Mathematical Statistician at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in Laurel, Maryland, where he has collaborated on analyses of count surveys, demographic analyses, mark-recapture, contaminant studies and many other aspects of wildlife statistics. In the mid-1990s, he dabbled with Bayesian methods, and became hooked.  With Richard Barker, he co-authored the book Bayesian inference: with ecological applications, published by Academic Press.

Proposed talk title: Model selection and evaluation for hierarchical models.

 

Tara Martin

Tara Martin is a Conservation Scientist in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Tara is a pioneer in the field of conservation decision making - combining ecological data with decision science to bridge the gap between research and on-ground conservation action. To do this, Tara draws on statistical and mathematical models to support sound ecological inference. In particular, Tara’s work has brought attention to the need to account for zero-inflation in ecological data, and the value of including prior information in ecological models to improve inference.  

Tara is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including most recently the 2015 Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Award for her work in climate change decision making and a 2017 Wilburforce Fellowship. Tara sits on several national and international panels including the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group, where she leads the Climate Adaptation theme. She is an associate editor for Conservation Biology and Journal of Animal Conservation and has published over 100 scientific articles.

Her current research interests include: prioritizing threat management for nature conservation; climate adaptation and mitigation under global change; management of invasive and over-abundant species; and decision making under uncertainty.  For more on her research and lab go to www.taramartin.org

Proposed talk title: Bayesian methods for ecology: Using prior information to inform conservation decisions

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