Ecological surveys are the foundation on which evidence-based conservation of the planet’s biodiversity and wildlife resources is built. Wildlife surveys that provide the evidence base have traditionally been conducted by humans and the resulting data treated as “snapshots” in time. However, digital survey devices like camera traps, acoustic arrays or aerial video platforms generate streams of data, not snapshots. These data are more appropriately viewed as time-to-event data, with the events being detections of the species of interest. Using the event times has the potential to yield richer inferences about the populations under study than snapshot data can, but not much work has been done in this area. If you are interested in developing and applying new statistical methods to exploit the power of digital survey devices, this may be the PhD for you. Specific applications include camera trap surveys, acoustic surveys of vocalizing animals, drone-borne aerial surveys, walked transect surveys, and many others.
The student on this project would be part of the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling and Division of Statistics.
For more information about applying, funding, etc, please see the School's Postgraduate Research web page, and in particular the information about Statistics PhD opportunities.