The environmental statistics section celebrates applications of statistics in the environmental sciences, including ecology, climate sciences, the earth sciences and what not. There has been a long tradition in Australian statistics of making methodological contributions motivated by problems in the environmental sciences, and we are keen to continue this tradition, as well as hearing about funky applications.
This section is a focal point for Australian statisticians with interests in environmental statistics, and we keep section members informed of upcoming events, as well as organising a few of our own, especially around the national conference.
Tjanpi award for Best Student Paper in Environmental Statistics
The Tjanpi Award is an annual student prize we award for the best student paper in environmental statistics. To be eligible a student must be:
The winner will receive a cash prize and will be asked to present in an invited session on environmental statistics at the next annual stats conference.
2022 Tjanpi Award: nominations now open
Please submit your nominations to email@example.com, with Tjanpi Award submission in the header, by 5 PM ADST Thursday December 8th 2022, including:
Tjanpi is the Pitjantjatjara word for Triodia, a spiny tussock-forming grass that dominates the vegetation across more than 20% of Australia’s land mass. It is a long-lived plant that makes deep roots and can withstand the hardiest of conditions. It can grow over decades into characteristic ring formations three metres in diameter. As a source of food and shelter, Tjanpi is fundamental to life in some of Australia’s most extreme conditions, being central to highly diverse ecosystems dominated by termites and ants, as well as reptiles, birds and small mammals. It has also been traditionally used by Indigenous people for a range of purposes, including building shelters, making an adhesive resin, basket weaving, fishing and using its seeds as a food source.
Tjanpi is an analogy for the Environmental Statistics student award – because the development and application of appropriate statistical techniques is fundamental to good environmental research, and our hope is that the recipient of this award will grow over the coming decades to become central to a diverse range of interesting research endeavours!
We organise a seminar series in environmental statistics, roughly four per year, where we invite an international speaker to a virtual SSA visit where they present to us on their recent research and take some time to meet interested parties virtually. The seminars are typically scheduled on a Friday between 10am and 4pm Sydney/Melbourne/Hobart time, the precise time depending on the speaker’s availability. Speakers are available before and after their talk for an hour or so to meet SSA researchers, a sign-up sheet will be distributed in the leadup to each talk.
Do you have any suggestions for international speakers you would really like to hear from? Let us know by emailing David Warton.
James Thorson (NOAA Seattle) - Forecasting nonlocal climate impacts for mobile marine species using extensions to empirical orthogonal function analysis.
Matthew Schofield (University of Otago) - Inferring genetic linkage maps from high-throughput sequencing data.
Erin Schliep (U Missouri) – Bayesian hierarchical modeling and data fusion for multivariate speciated nitrogen in lakes.
Jun Zhu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – Change-set analysis for spatial clustering in environmental health.
Subhash Lele (University of Alabama) – TBA
David Wilkinson (University of Melbourne) - The statistical quandaries of an ecologist: Applied and theoretical statistics for conservation
Jacinta Holloway-Brown (University of Adelaide) - Stochastic spatial random forest for detecting remotely sensed forest cover change despite missing data
Conferences / Meetings
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