Author: Kristylee Marr and Yvonne Buckley
Honours student Kristylee Marr and Yvonne attended the EcoStats Symposium at the University of New South Wales on 11-12 July 2013 (http://www.eco-stats.unsw.edu.au/symposium.html) . This event was organised by ecologist and statistician David Warton (http://www.eco-stats.unsw.edu.au/) discuss current issues and future directions at the ecology-statistics interface.
There was a strong species distribution modelling flavour to the first day. There is a huge demand from ecologists for methods for building niche/distribution models using widely available but problematic presence-only data. This has led to philosophical differences in the field, alternative methodologies and numerous commentaries and as one speaker put it “much heat and little light”. Continue reading