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Professor Richard Barker

Office: 232a
Phone: 479-7756
Email: rbarker@maths.otago.ac.nz

** Chair of Statistics, Head of Department **

Research Interests and student opportunities.

My recent research and those of current an recently completed graduate students include:
  • Bayesian inference for hierarchical models
  • Statistical theory, methods and analysis for applications in
  • Fisheries and wildlife ecology
  • Sport science and exercise physiology
  • Climate change
  • Theory and analysis of mark-recapture and radio-telemetry data

Current PhD and post-doc opportunities


BUGS code for mark-recapture models


Recent Publications.

  • Link, W. A. and Barker, R. J. Bayesian Inference with ecological applications. In Press: Academic Press (September, 2009).
  • Lebreton, J.-D., Nichols, J. D., Barker, R. J., Pradel, R., and Spendelow, J. A. Modeling individual animal histories with multistate capture-recapture models. In press: Advances in Ecological Research 41, (2009)
  • Wright, J. A., Barker, R. J., Schofield, M. R., Frantz, A. C, Byrom, A. E., and D. M. Gleeson. Incorporating genotype uncertainty into mark-recapture-type models for estimating abundance using DNA samples. In press: Biometrics, (2009).
  • Barker, R. J. and Schofield, M. R. Classifying individuals as physiological responders using hierarchical modelling. In press: Journal of Applied Physiology, (2008).
  • Barker, R. J. and Schofield, M. R. Inference about magnitudes of effects. In press: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance (2008).
  • Schofield, M. R. and Barker, R. J. Seeing the climate for the trees: a look at climate reconstruction. Submitted to: International journal of Climatology March 2008.
  • Conroy, M. J., Barker, R. J., Dillingham, P. W., Fletcher, D., Gormley, A. M., and Westbrooke, I. M. Application of decision theory to conservation management: recovery of Hector’s dolphin. Wildlife Research 35: 1-10 (2008)
  • Barker, R. J. Theory and application of mark-recapture and related techniques to aerial surveys of wildlife. Wildlife Research. In press (2008)
  • Schofield, M. R. and Barker, R. J. A unified capture-recapture model. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics. In press (2008)
  • Schofield, M. R. and Barker, R. J. and MacKenzie, D. I. Flexible hierarchical mark-recapture modeling for open populations using WinBUGS. Environmental and Ecological Statistics. In press (2008).
  • Link, W. A., and Barker, R. J. Efficient implementation of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, with application to the Cormack-Jolly Seber model. Environmental and Ecological Statistics In press (2008).
  • Barker, R. J. and Schofield, M. R. Putting Markov chains back into Markov chain Monte Carlo. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences. Article ID 98086, 13 pages (2007).
  • Nicol, S. J., Barker, R. J., Koehn, J. D., Burgman, M. A. Structural habitat selection by the critically endangered trout cod, Maccullochella macquariensis, Cuvier. Biological Conservation 138: 30-37 (2007).
  • Forsyth, D. M., Barker, R. J., Morris, G., Scroggie, M. P. Modeling the relationship between fecal pellet indices and deer density. Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 964-970 (2007).
  • White, G. C., Kendall, W. L., and Barker, R. J. Multistate survival models and their extensions in program MARK. Journal of Wildlife Management 70. In press (2006).
  • Link, W. A. and Barker, R. J. Model weights and the foundations of multimodel inference. Ecology 87: 2626-2635 (2006)