I work on native fish in the Murray River. Specifically, I am looking at how a large-scale habitat restoration project undertaken by the Department of Sustainability and Environment is influencing Murray Cod, Trout Cod, Silver Perch and Golden Perch population dynamics. To do so, I am developing state-space and hidden markov models to analyze capture-recapture data in conjunction with telemetry and other data sources.
The approaches I use are mainly Bayesian, in order to take advantage of the ease with which one can build hierarchical models in that setting. I work in R, WinBUGS and PyMC to run model simulations of how I think the data are generated, then analyze the real data with those same models.
I am supervised by Dr Michael McCarthy in the department of Botany, Simon Wotherspoon at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Sally Wood at the Melbourne Business School. I am funded through an ARC Linkage grant, the Arthur Rylah Instutute (Department of Sustainability and Environment) as well as a Melbourne International Fees Scholarship.
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