Dr Peter Caley ‘On estimating waterbird abundance and trend across eastern Australia’

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Thursday, 15 February 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Pelicans at Coopers Creek
Pelicans at Coopers Creek

Monitoring waterbird populations in Australia is challenging for reasons of counting logistics, and because population aggregation and dispersion can shift rapidly in response to large spatio-temporal variations in resource availability. In this talk I will present a modelling approach that attempts to address some of these challenges on the way to making sound inference on population trends. For many species, the year-to-year variation in the estimated proportion of the population on surveyed wetlands is very high. The results have implications for making inferences on population trends from these data, with the ability to model the year-to-year sampling variation a key requirement before the rate of population increase can be estimated with any precision. This study illustrates how to progress this approach, and infers that under average rainfall conditions, the general trend is for estimated superpopulation rates of increase to be negative, though for only a few species is this occurring with strong belief.

Peter is a research scientist with CSIRO Data61. He has a strong research record of applying quantitative methods to address contemporary problems in the environmental, agricultural and health sciences. He has an ongoing research interest in the dynamics of animal populations, with recent examples including inferring trends in the abundance of waterbird populations, flying foxes, and bogong moths.

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