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Behavioral Change Point Analysis: 21 July 2011

In an effort to assemble all the pieces of BCPA code (if you don't know what it is, click on the link!) for the benefit of the rather surprisingly many people that email me about it or for it (and also, of course, for the benefit of myself, so as to replace rather many redundant, overly detailed emails with a simple link), and in an attempt to help the terms "BCPA" and "Behavioral change point analysis" in Googleworld, I hereby announce the creation of a BCPA wikipage on this very wiki! It will be interesting to see if it ever shows up in Google? - Eli 15:43, 21 July 2011 (PDT)

Proof in the pudding: 20 November 2008

A Post-doc in Finland: 18 November 2008

a picture of Viikki taken with my new Nokia telephone.
There I am, looking as finnish as i possibly can in front of my extremely charming building. Some things don't change too much.

I joined the update-exhorting Great and obtained a Pdf10.png PhD. Woohoo!

I am at the moment postdoc'ing (postdocking?, postdoccing?, post-doctoring?) at the University of Helsinki, Finland, with a group that styles itself the Metapopulation Research Group, which is kind of like a grown-up's version of QERM.

Except I share an office, which is a step down from lovely Loew hall, and I miss my little fold out foam "napper", especially in the hour or two after having a hearty, compulsory, hour-long lunch at the Gardenia lunch restaurant, which, for example, today prominently featured a sort of baked potato, onion, butter, cream and fish dish, spicy tomato soup and lingonberries on black bread. Yes, right now I am missing my little mattress very much. Thankfully in about 15 minutes the no less compulsory coffee break is about to happen.

Oh, and in whatever time is left over in the 35 hour compulsory workweek after lunch and coffee and daydreaming about mattresses, I do something related to modeling and animal movement. But I'm not really sure what.

PhD Student: Sometime before August 2008


"Human beings have been designed by evolution to be good pattern matchers, and to trust the patterns they find; as a corollary their intuition about probability is abysmal."

- Mark Rosenfelder,

(From a neat probabilistic analysis of spurious coincidences in amateur comparative linguistics here).

I am in the QERM (Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management) program at the University of Washington in Seattle. I am interested in exploring various aspects of movement, survival and behavior of aquatic organisms. The great question to me is: how do they manage to pull it off? - especially in view of the variability, both in space and time, of the aquatic environment.

I have spent some time quantifying the dispersal, migration and survival rates of freshwater fish in streams, in particular Pacific salmon populations, trying to infer from travel time data how heterogeneous the population is, how susceptible to predation they are, how various environmental factors (temperature, flow, turbidity) interact.

More recently, I have been interested in rethinking some ways researchers quantify animal movement data, and am hoping to apply some ideas to salmon and sturgeon in the Columbia river, marine mammals in the North Pacific, dugongs in Western Australia. The ultimate goal is to develop an objective way to infer behavioral switches and relate these to environmental covariates.

I am also actively involved in a joint American Russian project on Steller Sea Lion ecology, population dynamics and behavior in the Russian Far East (Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk). Here is an site about our work ... unfortunately, to date, it is only in Russian. My advisor is Jim Anderson, a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences.

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