Researcher biography

An ecologist by training – I hold a B.Sc. (Hons) in Marine Ecology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and a Ph.D. in Ecological Modelling from Griffith University. I am broadly interested in exploring new ways to (1) understand how natural communities are formed and (2) predict how they will change over time. As a DECRA fellow at UQ, my current research focuses on developing computational tools and adapting techniques from statistical forecasting to study how organisms and ecosystems respond to environmental change. This work can be applied to investigate natural dynamics for a range of ecological systems including wild birds, ectoparasites and microbes.

I am an active member of the R community and have written and/or maintain several popular R packages. For example, I'm a lead developer on the MRFcov package for multivariate conditional random fields analyses. I also wrote the mvgam package for fitting dynamic Generalised Additive Models to analyse and forecast multivariate ecological time series.

I am currently seeking PhD candidates with interests and/or skills in data analysis, statistical programming and quantitative ecology to develop multivariate forecast tools and evaluate their abilities to predict how species occurrences, abundances and diversities respond to change.