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Delegates from 32 countries will gather in St Andrews this week for a major three-day conference on Statistical Ecology.

Around 200 experts from around the world will attend the International Statistical Ecology Conference, hosted by the University of St Andrews, to discuss and develop advanced mathematical and statistical methods for practical problems in biology and ecology.

The conference, which begins on Wednesday (July 9th) and runs until Friday (July 11th), is a satellite conference of the International Biometric Conference that will be held in Dublin next week.

A distinguished group of invited speakers will be presenting talks on statistical ecology issues. In addition to these seven plenary presentations, around 100 contributed papers and poster presentations on aspects of statistical ecology will also be presented to the conference in the Gateway building on the University’s North Haugh campus.

Professor Steve Buckland, chair of the organising committee, said, “We are delighted that so many of the most influential statistical ecologists from around the world are coming to St Andrews.  We believe that the conference will contribute to creating stronger links within the community, and will provide a forum for encouraging new ideas.”

Simon Pepper, Rector of the University and former Director of World Wildlife Fund Scotland, will open the conference.

Sessions will focus on topics of interest to ecological statisticians and numerical biologists: mark-recapture methods, distance sampling methods, other abundance estimation techniques, monitoring of biodiversity, survey design and analysis for estimating population trends, modelling of spatial trends in animal density, integrated population modelling, stochastic population dynamics modelling, stochastic multispecies modelling, and stochastic modelling of animal movement.

For further information visit the official conference website at http://www.creem.st-and.ac.uk/ocs/index.php/isec/isec2008/

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A full programme for the conference is available on the official website.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ANY OF THE KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS PLEASE CALL 01334 4614343 TO ARRANGE ACCESS.

Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
Contact: Fiona Armstrong, Press Officer on 01334 462530 / 462529, email fa12@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ref:  Statistical Ecology 080708
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