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.