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Fernando Colchero


Current address:
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (IMADA)

Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging (MaxO)

University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55, 5230, Odense, Dk

phone: +45 65 50 23 24

I am interested in developing and applying methods to understand what shapes demographic rates and spatial processes in animal populations and how these mechanisms are influenced by environmental and human induced changes. My goal is to contribute to our understanding of population dynamics in time and space, and to provide elements that facilitate the implementation of informed management and conservation plans. 

My projects include the development and application of hierarchical Bayesian models to estimate age-specific demographic rates when age is unknown (see R package BaSTA and Colchero & Clark 2012) as well as models to understand and predict occurrence and movement patterns of wild animals and how these are affected by human induced disturbances (Colchero et al 2011; Plante, Colchero & Calmé 2013). 

Currently I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (IMADA) and the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging (MaxO), at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. I am also in the Scientific Board of Jaguar Conservancy, one of the leading conservation NGOs in Mexico.

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Colchero, F., O.R. Jones and M. Rebke (2012) BaSTA: an R package for Bayesian estimation of age-specific survival from incomplete mark-recapture/recovery data with covariates. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 466-470 (publication) (BaSTA video) (The Guardian)

Colchero, F. and J. S. Clark (2012) Bayesian inference on age-specific survival for censored and truncated data. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 139-149 (Publication) (Faculty of 1000)

Conde, D.A, N. Flesness, F. Colchero, O. Jones, A. Scheuerlein (2011) An emerging role of zoos to conserve biodiversity. Science 331: 1390-1391 (publication)

Colchero, F., D. A. Conde, C. Manterola, C. Chávez, A. Rivera and G. Ceballos (2011) Jaguars on the move: modeling movement to mitigate fragmentation from road expansion in the Mayan Forests. Animal Conservation 14(2): 158-166 (publication) (BBC News)

Colchero, F., R. A. Medellín, J. S. Clark, R. Lee, and G. Katul (2009) Predicting population survival under future climate change: density dependence, drought and extraction in an insular bighorn sheep. Journal of Animal Ecology 78(3): 666-673. (publication) (Editors comment) (Faculty of 1000) (Science Daily)

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