Len Thomas is Director of the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), an inter-disciplinary research centre at the University of St Andrews. He is also a Reader in Statistics within the university’s School of Mathematics and Statistics. Broadly, his research is at the interface between statistics, computing and ecology, where he works to develop computer-intensive statistical methods to address ecological issues. Examples include modelling temporal dynamics of wildlife populations, such as British Grey Seals, and estimating numbers of hard-to-count animals such as whales, particularly using acoustic sensors. This work may have links with applications in conflict research, where underlying mechanisms are also often sought and data is sometimes hard to obtain. Len has (co)authored around 90 scientific articles and three books.
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