The statistics division has research interests in 3 main areas: wildlife population assessment, ecological and environmental modelling, and statistical inference.

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Recent Submissions

  • Improved methods for estimating spatial and temporal trends from point transect survey data 

    Camp, Richard (University of St Andrews, 2021-06-29) - Thesis
    This thesis is about methods for improving estimates of abundance and trends from distance sampling surveys. My particular focus is on point transect surveys of endemic Hawaiian songbirds. When critical assumptions are ...
  • Movement ecology and conservation : the case of African vultures 

    Estevinho Santos Faustino, Cláudia (University of St Andrews, 2020-07-28) - Thesis
    The movements of critically endangered vultures, equipped with satellite-based tracking devices in Namibia, were inspected using Generalized Additive Models. Models incorporated spatially adaptive (1D and 2D) smooths via ...
  • Estimating abundance of African great apes 

    Howe, Eric J. (University of St Andrews, 2019-12-03) - Thesis
    All species and subspecies of African great apes are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as endangered or critically endangered, and populations continue to decline. As human populations and ...
  • Methods in spatially explicit capture-recapture 

    Stevenson, Ben C. (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-24) - Thesis
    Capture-recapture (CR) methods are a ubiquitous means of estimating animal abundance from wildlife surveys. They rely on the detection and subsequent redetection of individuals over a number of sampling occasions. It is ...
  • The statistical development of integrated multi-state stopover models 

    Worthington, Hannah (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-24) - Thesis
    This thesis focusses on the analysis of ecological capture-recapture data and the estimation of population parameters of interest. Many of the common models applied to such data, for example the Cormack-Jolly-Seber model, ...

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