Department of Mathematics

Lamberson Ecology Lecture

The series is hosted by HSU’s Department of Mathematics and its name and funding from Roland Lamberson, Arcata, professor of mathematics at Humboldt State from 1980 to 2004.  Professor Lamberson has made substantial contributions in the application of mathematics to ecology and natural resources.

Dr. Andy Royle will deliver the Lamberson Ecology Lecture:

"The Study of Animal Populations by Capture-Recapture:  In the Midst of a Technological Revoluation."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Science Building B, Room 133, 6:00 P.M.

Capture-recapture has been the standard method for the study of animal populations for decades. In the classical application of these methods, individuals of a population were captured, uniquely marked, and subsequently recaptured or resighted. The resulting individual encounter history data permits estimation of population size and other demographic parameters. In this lecture I will discuss how the application of CR methods has been profoundly affected by new technologies such as remote cameras, noninvasive genetic sampling, and bioacoustics. These allow the study of species which could not previously be studied effectively by capture-recapture. Several case studies (grizzly bears, American mink) will be discussed that exemplify the importance of these new

Andy Royle is a research statistician, in the position of Senior Scientist at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He holds a BS in Wildlife Management from Michigan State University and a PhD in Statistics from North Carolina State University (awarded in 1996). At Patuxent, he is engaged in the development of statistical methods and analytic tools for animal demographic modeling, statistical inference and sampling wildlife populations and communities. His current research focuses on hierarchical models of animal abundance and occurrence, and the development of spatial capture-recapture methods and applications. He has authored or coauthored four books on quantitative analysis in ecology including the recent book Applied Hierarchical Models (2016, with Marc Kéry).

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Past Lamberson Ecology speakers have been:

February 2016 Dan Doak University of Colorado, Boulder

February 2015 Brian Dennis of the University of Idaho

March 2014 - Wayne Getz of the University of California at Berkeley.

February 2013 - Colin W. Clark of the University of British Columbia

December 2011 - Dr. Simon Levin, Princeton University, Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for BioComplexity.

April 2011 - Dr. Alan Hastings, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis

February 2010 - Dr. Marc Mangel, Distinguished Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a member of the California Academy of Science and the Royal Society of Edinburgh