•  Capra ibex
    Ibex, Capra ibex, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. Photo provided by Achaz von Hardenberg and photographed by A. Brambilla.
  • Parus major
    Great tit, Parus major. Photographed by Nicole Milligan.
  • Polyommatus icarus
    Common blue butterfly, Polyommatus icarus. Photographed by Tim Melling.
  • Zootoca vivipara
    Common lizard, Zootoca vivipara. Photo provided by Richard Griffiths (DICE).
  • Eidolon helvum
    Straw-coloured fruit bat, Eidolon helvum, with radio-transmitting collar. Photo provided by David Hayman.
  • Vipera berus
    Adder, Vipera berus. Photo provided by Richard Griffiths (DICE).
  • Rings for marking birds
    Rings for marking birds taken on the Isle of May. Photo provided by Jose Lahoz-Monfort.
  • Anguis fragilis
    Slow worms, Anguis fragilis. Photo provided by Richard Griffiths (DICE).
  • Calidris pusilla
    Semipalmated sandpiper, Calidris pusilla. Photographed by Brittney Brown
  • Triturus cristatus
    A pair of Great Crested Newts, Triturus cristatus. Photographed by Brett Lewis. These can be identified by their unique belly patterns.
  • Calidris pusilla
    Semipalmated sandpipers, Calidris pusilla. One of these birds (third from left) has been marked using a green flag with alpha-numeric code. Photographed by Brittney Brown

Statistical Ecology at Kent (SE@K)

There has been active research in Statistical Ecology for a number of years at Kent. We were among the founding members of the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE), established in 2005.


As the environment changes we see corresponding effects in the behaviour of wild animals and plants, and members of NCSE based in the School analyse ecological data to try to describe and better understand these changes.

Recent projects include a variety of modelling projects with members of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), also at Kent, modelling sea bird colonies in the Firth of Forth, Soay sheep on the island of St Kilda, the movements of migrating birds, and the flight periods of British butterflies.

In the wild, animals are typically hard to detect and identify, so that observational data need special probability models so that quantities of interest can be estimated. These then feed into essential programmes for management and conservation, and the preservation of biodiversity.

As a result of research in NCSE, better data are now being collected more efficiently, and a wide range of new methods of data analysis are being used. Examples of the impact of the research are an improved understanding of the decline of British farmland birds and analysis of tiger survey data to support the Indonesian Government's National Tiger Recovery Plan.

A Statistical Ecology discussion group has been established in 2014-15 and interested parties can join it's mailing list by getting in touch with us.

The logo for the Statistical Ecology at Kent group, consisting of the characters S E @ K. The @ is styled to resemble a fern leaf. The logo also incorporates the silhouette of a butterfly.

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Last Updated: 16/11/2017