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#ORNITHOLODAY | 20 March 2019

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Brandon Edwards @bedwards144
University of Guelph, Canada

Comp Sci Birding: The use of R in ornithology for informing management decisions of species at risk

The increasing use of highly complex models in ecology has led to the need for ecologists to become well-versed in scientific programming languages such as Julia, Python, and R. Environment agent-based models (eABMs) and hierarchical Bayesian models are two classes of computationally expensive models that have gained traction in the conservation community over the last number of years. eABMs allow for the simulation of the life cycle of one or more population of animals and can be used to
inform management decisions of species-at-risk. Hierarchical Bayesian models have been used by North American Breeding Bird Survey researchers to calculate trend estimates for populations of species over time. Given the usefulness of these models, my research focuses on the development of software packages in R to allow researchers easier access to these otherwise complex and computationally expensive models.
Brandon will be tweeting between 1200 – 2200 UTC | 0800 – 1800 EDT about this topic on Wednesday, 20 March. More details on Elina’s #ORNITHOLODAY

About the author

Brandon Edwards research interests lie in ecological modelling and population risk assessment. He worked with Dr Daniel Gillis and Dr Shoshanah Jacobs on the Great Lakes Piping Plover Biological Modeling Programme, which seeks to develop tools to assist in management and recovery of Great Lakes Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus circumcinctus).

He is currently based at the National Wildlife Research Centre in Ottawa as a Bird Population Monitoring analyst working with Dr Adam Smith to evaluate the use of a hierarchical generalized additive model (GAM) on improving population trajectories of aerial insectivores. He is also involved with developing an R package to provide a higher ease-of-access hierarchical Bayesian models and Breeding Bird Survey data for other researchers to use.
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Middle right: Piping Plover | USFWSmidwest | PD US FWS | Wikimedia Commons

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