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Finite and infinite ergodic theory for linear and conformal dynamical systems
(University of St Andrews, 2011-11-30) - Thesis,
The first main topic of this thesis is the thorough analysis of two families of piecewise linear maps on the unit interval, the α-Lüroth and α-Farey maps. Here, α denotes a countably infinite partition of the unit interval ...
Bayesian point process modelling of ecological communities
(University of St Andrews, 2013-06-28) - Thesis,
The modelling of biological communities is important to further the understanding of species coexistence and the mechanisms involved in maintaining biodiversity. This involves considering not only interactions between ...
Novel methods for species distribution mapping including spatial models in complex regions
(University of St Andrews, 2013-11-05) - Thesis,
Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) plays a key role in a number of biological applications: assessment of temporal trends in distribution, environmental impact assessment and spatial conservation planning. From a statistical ...
Mixed effect models in distance sampling
(University of St Andrews, 2013) - Thesis,
Recently, much effort has been expended for improving conventional distance sampling methods, e.g. by replacing the design-based approach with a model-based approach where observed counts are related to environmental ...
Estimating wildlife distribution and abundance from line transect surveys conducted from platforms of opportunity
(University of St Andrews, 2001) - Thesis,
Line transect data obtained from 'platforms of opportunity' are useful for the monitoring of long term trends in dolphin populations which occur over vast areas, yet analyses of such data axe problematic due to violation ...
Random coeffcient models for complex longitudinal data
(University of St Andrews, 2014-06-27) - Thesis,
Longitudinal data are common in biological research. However, real data sets vary considerably in terms of their structure and complexity and present many challenges for statistical modelling. This thesis proposes a series ...
Spatial patterns and species coexistence : using spatial statistics to identify underlying ecological processes in plant communities
(University of St Andrews, 2012-11) - Thesis,
The use of spatial statistics to investigate ecological processes in plant communities is becoming increasingly widespread. In diverse communities such as tropical rainforests, analysis of spatial structure may help to ...
Quantifying biodiversity trends in time and space
(University of St Andrews, 2012-11-30) - Thesis,
The global loss of biodiversity calls for robust large-scale diversity assessment. Biological diversity is a multi-faceted concept; defined as the “variety of life”, answering questions such as “How much is there?” or more ...
(University of St Andrews, 2017-06-23) - Thesis,