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Environmental Statistics

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.

Monthly seminar series

We are organising a monthly seminar series in environmental statistics, 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


Tuesday 16th March, 6pm AEST

David Wilkinson (University of Melbourne) - The statistical quandaries of an ecologist: Applied and theoretical statistics for conservation


Friday 8th May, 2pm AEST

James Thorson (NOAA Seattle) - Forecasting nonlocal climate impacts for mobile marine species using extensions to empirical orthogonal function analysis.

Friday 5th June, 2PM EST

Matthew Schofield (University of Otago) - Inferring genetic linkage maps from high-throughput sequencing data.

Friday 30th October, 10AM EDT
Erin Schliep (U Missouri) – Bayesian hierarchical modeling and data fusion for multivariate speciated nitrogen in lakes.

Friday 20th November 10AM EDT

Jun Zhu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – Change-set analysis for spatial clustering in environmental health.

Friday December 4th 10AM EDT

Subhash Lele (University of Alabama) – TBA


  • David Warton (Chair, UNSW)
  • Scott Foster (CSIRO)
  • Denny Meyer (Swinburne)
  • Gordana Popovic (UNSW)
  • Joanne Potts (The Analytical Edge)
  • Andrew Zammit-Mangion (Wollongong)

Related Societies

§  The International Biometrics Society (Australasian Region)

§  The International Environmetrics Society (TIES)

§  American Statistical Association Section on Statistics and the Environment

§  Royal Statistical Society Environmental Statistics Section


§  Environmetrics (Official Journal of TIES)

§  Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics

§  Environmental and Ecological Statistics

§  Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Conferences / Meetings

    §  International Environmetrics Society (TIES) Conference

    §  International Statistical Ecology Conference

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