Richard J. Barker

Professor of Statistics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Otago
P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone: 64 3 479 7756
Fax: 64 3 479 8427


Research Interests and student opportunities.

Current PhD and post-doc 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

BUGS code for mark-recapture models

Recent Book.

Bayesian Inference with ecological applications. Academic Press (2010).

Recent Publications.

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, 87-173 (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, 65, 833-840 (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).

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 Hectors 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)