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Just published in PeerJ: a paper led by friend-of-the-lab Grant Harris on the most efficient way to census the population abundance of large animals. The paper uses Brown Bears on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska as a model system. Simulations of bear distributions and movements, combined with different trap-sample layouts, showed that trapping based on known habitat preferences (such as, for bears, anadromous streams) sampled (and, most importantly, re-sampled) a greater proportion of the population with less effort than a grid-based system, producing more precise indices of abundance.
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As of September, myself, Kimberly and our boys are in Cambridge for Gareth's sabbatical. I'm spending most of the time at Microsoft Research, which is a very stimulating place to be. I could
tell you what I'm up to, but then they'd have to kill me... (Seriously, I signed an NDA and everything.)
Last week I went down to UCL to visit Kate Jones and give a one-hour 'Introduction to all of statistics' for the group of Masters ('MRes') students she supervises. I had to talk very
fast! But actually, what I was mainly doing was providing a guide to the set of self-teaching modules I developed, and which are on this very site
and open for anyone to use.
I'll post info about various projects as time allows.
On August 21, Gareth gave an invited presentation at INTECOL 2013
in London, at a symposium organized by his sabbatical hosts Microsoft Research. The symposium was titled: "Not just for geeks: broadening scope and participation in predictive ecology," and Gareth's talk, which wrapped up the session, was "Inspiring and training the next generation of mathematical and
Good times (and presentations) were had by all!
The Russell lab is presenting at the July 21-25, 2013 International Congress for Conservation Biology conference
in Baltimore, MD, USA.
- Automated identification of bees and dragonflies
Nidhi Dharithreesan, NJIT; William Kuhn, Rutgers University; Gareth Russell, NJIT; Kimberly Russell, NJIT
- An underwater, camera-based, automatic identification system for coral reef fish: a prototype of a continuous monitoring network for reef populations
Gareth Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Joseph Wilder, Rutgers University
- Native bees and large-scale organic farming: Are sufficient pollination services provided?
Sarah Kornbluth, Rutgers University; Kimberly Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Gareth Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Novel use of identification of individuals to model small-scale movements and habitat selection of endangered baleen whales in the Gulf of Maine
Tanya Lubansky, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Gareth Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Incorporating scale in habitat preference models improves prediction maps for elephants
Andrew Mashintonio, Rutgers University; Gareth Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Integrated Vegetation Management in Powerline Rights-of-way Provides Quality Habitat for Native Bees
Kimberly Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Sarah Kornbluth, Rutgers University
Nidhi and Laura attended a Wildlife Field Course
in Vermont, from May 19-June 1, 2013, where they had the opportunity to meet and learn from experts involved with telemetry studies, bird surveying, habitat mapping, wildlife management, and more!
Both Kimberly and Tanya have been featured in NJIT's 2013 Annual Report. Kimberly is seen here working with undergraduate Kayla Drobnis, who has been assisting her in her research on the impacts of different powerline management strategies on native bee species diversity.
to see the whole document, with write-ups about both Kim and Tanya.