Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2009 workshop on-line: Time-series analysis of population monitoring data

This is a workshop I gave on October 11th at the Marine Mammal Biennial Conference in Quebec City. It is an updated version of our 2007 ESA workshop.

Time-series analysis of population monitoring data

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Couple new papers by Eric on Humpback whales

Zerbini, A.N., Ward, E., Engel, M.E., Kinas, P.G. and Andriolo, A. 2009. A Bayesian Assessment of the Conservation Status of Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Western South Atlantic (Breeding Stock A). J. Cet Res. Manage., SC/58/SH02.

Ward, E., Zerbini, A.N., Engel, M.E., Kinas, P.G. and Andriolo, A. 2009. Estimates of population growth rates of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the wintering grounds off the coast of Brazil (Breeding Stock A). J. Cet Res. Manage., SC/58/SH14.

New paper by Eric and Eli on killer whale survival

Ward, E.J., E.E. Holmes, and K.C. Balcomb. 2009. Quantifying the effects of prey abundance on killer whale reproduction. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46(3):632-640.

Eli will be presenting a poster version of this work at the Marine Mammal conference in October in Quebec City.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Eli is teaching a workshop on time-series analysis

At the Marine Mammal conference in Quebec City, Oct 11th, 2009. Workshop

Yasmin's LaTeX for Ecologists workshop is online

Yasmin taught a course on LaTeX at ESA 2009. "A Beginner's Course in Typesetting Scientific Manuscripts with LateX" (Eli helped). The workshop is online Link to workshop

Brice and Eric have a new paper on Stable Isotope Analysis

In PLoS 1:
Semmens, B.X., E.J. Ward, J.W. Moore, and CT. Darimont. 2009. Quantifying inter- and intra-population niche variability using hierarchical Bayesian stable isotope mixing models. PLoS One.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Brice develops TagTravel 0.1

TagTravel 0.1, a free GUI tool for animating the paths of tagged animals as they move through an array of sensors. The software includes the ability to map geographic features associated with the sensor array, and can simultaneously map environmental measurements (e.g. daily temperature, moon phase, etc). The software is freely available to members of (membership is free to all). Go to, register, and then search for TagTravel.

Monday, February 2, 2009

CAMEO grant to study marine plankton

We recently got a 3-year grant to work on community modeling of marine plankton with colleagues at NCEAS and the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary:
CAMEO: Building the Foundation: New statistical tools for analyzing community dynamics with applications to marine zooplankton
E. Holmes, M. Scheuerell, E. Ward, B. Semmens (NWFSC), K. See (UW), S. Hampton (NCEAS),
S. Katz (CIMS)

New paper on extinction risk forecasting

Ellner, S. P. and E. E. Holmes. 2008. Commentary on Holmes et al. (2007): resolving the
debate on when extinction risk is predictable. Ecology Letters 11: E1–E5.
PDF is on my publications page

New lab paper on killer whales

Ward, E., Parsons, K., Holmes, E., and K. Balcomb. 2009. The role of menopause and reproductive senescence in a long-lived social mammal. In press in Frontiers in Zoology.

Kalman-EM updated

The R code for doing multivariate state-space modeling has been updated and 1st draft of the help files are up.

Kalman-EM code