I am a PhD student in the Quantitative & Applied Ecology Group in the School of Botany, University of Melbourne and am a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).

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.

I can be reached at tomasbird@gmail.com


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