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I am currently working in the area of Ecological Statistics, being a Senior Research Fellow in CREEM (University of St Andrews, UK) and an invited professor in DEIO (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal). A biologist by training, started working with freshwater fish, but the intense and constant questions about survey design and data analysis led me to an MSc and a PhD in statistics. The PhD was about extending distance sampling methods to account for measurement error in distances and animal density gradients. From 2007 till 2010 I worked full time for DECAF, a project aimed at estimating cetacean abundance and density using passive acoustic data. From 2010 to 2015 I worked full time on LATTE, a project aimed at integrating information about cetacean behaviour and movement collected at various spatial and temporal scales to predict the effect of human made noise like SONAR on cetaceans. Since 2015 I have been working on a large number of different projects, generally involving density estimation from passive acoustic data. Over the years I have worked mostly with cetaceans, but have done work with fish, both freshwater and marine, ungulates, birds, primates, carnivores, marsupials and even plants. I have the polar bear as a "pet" species, having designed, implemented and analysed data from 2004 and 2015 surveys of the Barents Sea polar bear sub-population, and having helped in the design of a couple of additional polar bear surveys in other areas of the high Artic. I have a wider interest in the adequate use of statistics in ecology and the dissemination of statistics to a wider public in general.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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  • Scottish Research Showcase 2023

    Kirsty Ross (Organiser), Sam Langford (Organiser), Anne-Marie Weijmans (Participant), Catriona M Harris (Participant), Simon Christopher Reynolds (Participant), Giorgia Kidd (Participant), Annah Mccurry (Participant), Maria Zacarias (Participant), Enrico Pirotta (Participant), Tiago A. Marques (Participant), Jason Sumner-Kalkun (Participant), Jennifer Newton (Participant), Emily Messer (Participant), Yvonne Skipper (Participant), Christelle Robert (Participant), Bo Wang (Participant), Rosie Tatham (Participant), Isla Mitchell (Participant), Ramona Fotiade (Participant), Mhairi McCormack (Participant), Hana Mlcochova (Participant), Kathleen Duffin (Participant), Antonia Ho (Participant), David Ben Hall (Participant), Naomi Miall (Participant), Erin Williams (Participant), Victoria Ferguson (Participant), Louis Banda (Participant), Marcia Kamanga (Participant), Wisdom Nakanga (Participant), Owen Nkoka (Participant), Glory Nyirenda (Participant) & Albert Dube (Participant)

    8 Sept 2023

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  • International Statistical Ecology Conference

    Stephen Terrence Buckland (Chair of organising committee), Eric Rexstad (Chair of organising committee), David Louis Borchers (Organiser), Mark Brewer (Organiser), M Louise Burt (Organiser), Claudia Estevinho Santos Faustino (Organiser), Danielle Veronica Harris (Organiser), Janine Barbel Illian (Organiser), Guilherme A. Bortolotto de Oliveira (Organiser), Ruth King (Organiser), Tiago A. Marques (Organiser), Michail Papathomas (Organiser), Rhona Rodger (Organiser), Len Thomas (Organiser), Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward (Organiser) & Charles George Mackay Paxton (Organiser)

    2 Jul 20186 Jul 2018

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