Tag Archives: ecology

INTECOL talk, #INT13

I’m talking in the S11 Maths, Models & Methods session at INTECOL on Tuesday at 11:15 in room 4. The topic is “Developing biodiversity indices using models”. A copy of the slides is available here. I’ll also auto-tweet a little … Continue reading

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Statistical inference in ecology

Update: a pdf of an updated version of this chapter is available here. If this post had a single take-home message, it would be this: whatever statistical method you use, make sure that you use and report it appropriately. I’m … Continue reading

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Considering uncertainty in environmental management decisions

This is a post about a new paper, which forms part of the PhD thesis of Yacov Salomon. Yacov is jointly enrolled in the School of Botany and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Melbourne. Salomon, … Continue reading

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Why did the squirrel glider cross the road?

Why did the squirrel glider cross the road? The answer: because now it can, thanks to glider poles and rope bridges that have been installed across the Hume Freeway. The first paper from the PhD thesis of Kylie Soanes has … Continue reading

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Optimal monitoring when detectability varies – my talk at #ESAus2012

Edit: A paper based on this work has now been published in PLoS One (open access, i.e. free). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115345. I’m looking forward to the Ecological Society of Australia conference this week. I’m speaking in the second time slot (2:15 … Continue reading

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Detectability and traits of plants

If you’ve seen previous posts, you would realise that I am interested in the topic of imperfect detectability in field surveys. I’m interested in what influences detectability, how to account for it in analyses, and what it means when designing … Continue reading

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The detection of species and their abundance

Update (this has now been published): McCarthy, M.A., Moore, J.L., Morris, W.K., Parris, K.M., Garrard, G.E., Vesk, P.A., Rumpff, L., Giljohann, K.M., Camac, J.S., Bau, S.S., Friend, T., Harrison, B., and Yue, B. (2013). The influence of abundance on detectabiliy. … Continue reading

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Friday at #ESA2012 – last day!

It’s the last day of ESA 2012! The first talk for my day was by Sarah Mincey, investigating social factors that influence tree species diversity and basal area in Bloomington, Indiana. Species diversity increased with the diversity of the distribution … Continue reading

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Wednesday at #ESA2012

I began my Wednesday at ESA2012 in Damien Fordham’s talk on the stochastic trophic metapopulation dynamics of Iberian lynx, rabbits and two diseases (rabbit hemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis ) in the presence of climate change. Whoa – that is a … Continue reading

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Tuesday at #ESA2012

Here is my post about Tuesday at ESA 2012. My first stop was the session run by Ben Bolker (one of the people I enjoyed meeting and chatting with on Monday) and Drew Tyre (another case of meeting up with … Continue reading

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