I grew up a sixth generation settler (Polish-English on my mum's side, Scottish/Jewish German on my dad's side) on the unceded lands and waters of the Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlam, Qayqayt, and Tsawassen peoples. I now gratefully live and work on the unceded traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. My intention is to support and uplift Indigenous students through initiatives such as the formation of the UVic AISES chapter and the formation of the WNAR Indigenous student travel award.
I am an ecological statistician at the University of Victoria with a research focus in mark-recapture methods and applications. In particular I am interested in tag loss and how it can be incorporated into models directly. I work on real world problems, mainly pertaining to fishery studies, often involving big data problems.
My major focus of research is mark-recapture methodology and applications in both fisheries and public health. Mark-recapture experiments are used widely by fisheries biologists, wildlife managers and ecologists as a method of estimating population numbers, survival, recruitment, and migration rates.
I am a lead investigator for a CANSSI Collaborative Research Team "Addressing spatial and computational issues in integrated analysis of modern ecological data" with Simon Bonner (Western) and Saman Muthukumarana (UManitoba). We will be working with industry and government partners to combine various sources of population survey data such as capture-recapture, camera trap, telemetry, citizen science counts, and more!
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