PhD (University of Sydney)
Position: Lecturer/Consultant in Statistics

Room: 320 Goddard Building 8
Phone: +61 7 3365 2506


Research Interests

My research involves the application and development of statistical methods in ecology, evolutionary biology, and general whole-organism biology. My two particular research foci are phylogenetic comparative methods and mark-recapture methods for animal demography. I also have a strong interest in the application of Bayesian methods, and the statistical philosophy of the nature of evidence in whol-organism biology. How and why do scientists agree that certain data are evidence for or against a particular hypothesis?

I also provide a statistical consultation service for staff and students within the Faculty of Science.

I am interested in taking graduate students at any level who are interested in quantitative methods in biology. Students in my lab will be able to (or be willing to learn) program computers in S (, a compiled language such as C or Fortran, and/or a scripting language such as Python or Scheme in a Unix environment. Students are also encouraged to extend or develop their mathematical skills. A background in biology, statistics, mathematics, or computer science would be valuable. I can also co-supervise students who are interested in using quantitative methods for their thesis work, but for whom such methods are not a primary focus of research.

Selected Publications

Pays, O., Goulard, M., Blomberg, S.P., Goldizen, A.W., Sirot, E. and Jarman, P.J. (2009). The effect of social facilitation on vigilance in the eastern gray kangaroo, Macropus giganteus. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY 20, 469-477.

Cheney, K.L., Grutter, A.S., Blomberg, S.P. and Marshall, N.J.
(2009). Blue and Yellow Signal Cleaning Behavior in Coral Reef Fishes.
CURRENT BIOLOGY 19, 1283-1287.

Grigg, G., Beard, L., Doerges, B., Heucke, J., Coventry, J., Coppock, A. and Blomberg, S. (2009). Strategic (adaptive) hypothermia in bull dromedary camels during rut; could it increase reproductive success?.
Biol. Lett. 5, 853-856.

Fisher, D.O. and Blomberg, S.P. (2009). Toe-bud clipping of juvenile small marsupials for ecological field research: No detectable negative effects on growth or survival. AUSTRAL ECOLOGY 34, 858-865.

King, G.J., Chen, K., Gaultier, R., Forwood, J.K., Heras, B., Thakur, A.S., Kobe, B., Blomberg, S.P. and Martin, J.L. (2009). Interaction between Plate Make and Protein in Protein Crystallisation Screening.
PLoS ONE 4, e7851: 1-5.

Funded Projects

Advances in Phylogenetic Comparative Methods
Grant Body: ARC
Grant Period: 2008-2010

Professional Associations

  • Royal Statistical Society

  • Statistical Society of Australia, Inc.

  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics

  • American Statistical Association

  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis

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