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Dr Thomas Cornulier
Senior Statistician/Modeller for Ecology and Environment


Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland
BioSS Office
The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler
ABERDEEN, AB15 8QH, Scotland, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 395132
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My work involves the development of models to address novel or long-standing issues in ecology and environment. I have particular interests in understanding variation in population size over space and time. This tends to involve hierarchical/state-space models with Bayesian statistical approaches for 1) developing integrated, process-based models of systems dynamics (e.g. population, soil,...), combining data from different sources to inform each process and 2) making the most efficient use of heterogeneous data, such as historical records or volunteer-based surveys. I also have general interests in multilevel models, smoothing methods, integrated population models and the analysis of spatial and temporal lags in systems' response to environmental variation.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Methodological developments for ecology and environmental monitoring (UKCEH-BioSS framework)
  • Offshore Renewable Energy and Seabirds research
  • COVID monitoring in Scottish wastewater
  • Managing invasive species in South America (NERC-LATAM CONTAIN project)
  • Analysis of individual behaviour from accelerometer data (fruit bats, sheep, seabirds)
  • Integrated modelling of Population dynamics (caribou, goshawk, mink)
  • Occupancy modelling with detection heterogeneity (lichens)
  • Ecological monitoring (citizen science data, power lines and roads impact assessment)

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