Ecological Statistics Summer Club

Photo credit: Professor Juan Manuel Morales

Announcing....the Ecological Statistics Summer Club at the University of Toronto! Open to any UofT statistics student or other students with sufficient quantitative training.

The idea for this club spurred from students in STA465/2016: Theory and Methods for Complex Spatial Data having an interest in learning more about ecological statistics. Given the focus on Gaussian random fields in the course, our first summer will focus on applications of GRFs and Gaussian processes for modeling of ecological data.

The ecological data -- sharks! In collaboration with the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, students will work on developing spatial/spatio-temporal/time series models to answer questions about how sharks interact with each other, their environment, and what drives their behavior. 

First meeting: Monday, May 8th, 2023 from 5-8 pm at DoSS
Summary: Sharks are cool. A total of 10 people, ranging from undergraduate students to postdoctoral fellows, joined to brainstorm our shark statistics summer plans. Two systems of interest: juvenite white sharks and leopard sharks.

Second meeting: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 from 5-8 at DoSS

Third meeting: Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 from 5-8 at DoSS

Fourth meeting: Tuesday, June 13th, 2023 from 5-8 at DoSS