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


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


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.


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.


Tara Martin

Tara leads a team of graduate students seeking to understand, predict and ultimately inform decisions about the impact of global change on biodiversity and natural resources.  Tara recently joined the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this she was a Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s National science agency CSIRO, where she founded the Conservation Decisions Team. She is also an adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland and CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environmental Research Program (NERP).  The focus of Tara’s research is on how to make robust ecological predictions and translate these predictions into management decisions concerning the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in a rapidly changing world. Tara is a member of the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group and is an associate editor for Conservation Biology and Animal Conservation.