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Acoustic spatial capture-recapture methods.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Many species, like gibbons, frogs, kiwi and other bird species, are difficult to see but easy to hear. Using sounds rather than animals as the unit of capture, spatial capture-recapture (SCR) methods have great and largely unexplored potential to provide more reliable estimates of distribution, abundance and trend in populations than any methods currently used. But detecting sounds rather than animals introduces a range of challenges for SCR methods, including greater uncertainty in species recognition, difficult or impossible individual recognition, and the danger of “false positives” (mistaking some other species for the species of interest). This PhD will address these issue, in collaboration with scientists doing acoustic surveys, and researchers developing acoustic identification methods.

Funding Notes

Multiple sources of scholarship funding are potentially available, including university, research council (EPSRC) and research group (CREEM). Some are open to international students, some to EU and some UK only.

Applicants should have a good first degree in mathematics, statistics or another discipline with substantial numerical component. Applicants with degrees in other subjects (e.g., biology) should have the equivalent of A-level/Higher mathematics, and experience using statistical methods; such candidates should discuss their qualifications with the Postgraduate Officer. A masters-level degree is an advantage.

Further details of the application procedure, including contact details for the Postgraduate Officer, are available at View Website

How good is research at University of St Andrews in Mathematical Sciences?

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