Canberra Branch meetings
Please see below for details of our next branch meeting, which includes the AGM. Note due to complications with venue booking, the meeting will take place on a Monday.
Date: Monday 25 March
5.15pm Refreshments. Near lecture theatre 1, College of Business and Economics, ANU (Map).
5.30pm Annual General Meeting (and continuation of refreshments) in LT1
6.00pm El-presidente talk in LT1
7.30pm After the talk, there will be a dinner at Golden Drum, 1/14 Childers St, Canberra (Restaurant).
Please RSVP Francis Hui (SSA Canberra or reply to this email directly) by Sunday 24 March if you would like to attend the dinner.
Details of Annual General Meeting:
The proxy and nomination forms must be handed to the Secretary before the meeting starts. Also, the number of hard copies of documents available at the meeting will be limited.
We are seeking new members to join the Canberra council, and to promote diversity we strongly encourage higher degree students, early to mid-career statisticians, and female statisticians to join!
Speaker: Warren Muller, CSIRO
Topic: Variable selection in ecology: A case study of recruitment of juvenile Eucalypts
Clearing of Eucalypt trees for pasture has reduced abundance of native flora and fauna and had negative effects on soil, such as increased salinity. Land management practices and environmental variables influence natural regeneration in disturbed areas. In 2001 and 2002, recruitment of seedlings of Eucalyptus species in pastures, roadsides and areas of remnant native vegetation was determined at 325 sites in a large study area in the southern tablelands of NSW. At each site the number of adult and juvenile Eucalypt trees of each species present was recorded.
This project is joint with Ken Hodgkinson, CSIRO Land & Water, Canberra, and Yanhua Zhang, College of Life Sciences, Shaoxing University, Zhejiang, China.
Warren’s role has been as a statistical consultant specialising in the application of statistical methodology in the biological and environmental sciences. He has collaborated with a large number of CSIRO scientists, mostly in Land & Water and Agriculture, and has also undertaken a diverse range of consultancies for clients outside CSIRO. His work has resulted in around 100 scientific publications, primarily in application discipline journals as a joint author, and 40 client reports.
Warren has also been active in professional societies. He has been on the Council of the SSA Canberra Branch since 2010, two years as treasurer, five years as secretary and two years as president. He has been treasurer of the International Biometric Society Australasian Region since 2000, represented the region on the IBS Regional Council for two years and has served on the IBS Communications Committee and IBS Finance Committee.