Recent advances in spatial modelling of distance sampling surveys

David L. Miller (

CSIRO, Hobart

19 April 2016

Who is this guy?

  • Currently:
    • NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (sic), Woods Hole, MA
    • (“Honourary” (ha!) position at St Andrews)
  • Previously:
    • Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, St Andrews
    • University of Rhode Island
    • PhD Bath, UK; spatial modelling w/ Simon Wood
  • Why am I here?
    • Collab w/ Mark Bravington, Nat Kelly
not a real statistician,
not a real ecologist.

with that in mind...

(a talk)

Ecological questions

How many animals are there?

Where are all the animals?

Why are they there?

Practical question

How can we do this?

(Statistical methods)


Density surface models

(Spatial models that account for detectability)

(…and more)

2-(or more) stage models