Prof David Borchers

Prof David Borchers
Professor of Statistics


My research interests include: Statistical methods for estimating wildlife population parameters, including estimation of abundance, distribution and trends, from survey data. Distance Sampling, Spatially Explicit Mark-Recapture, other Mark-Recapture and Removal methods, Sampling Theory and Spatial Modelling methods. My home page is here.

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Marques, TA, Thomas, L, Kery, M, Buckland, ST, Borchers, DL, Rexstad, E, Fewster, RM, Mackenzie, DI, Royle, JA, Guillera-Arroita, G, Handel, CM, Pavlacky, DC & Camp, RJ 2017, 'Model-based approaches to deal with detectability: a comment on Hutto (2016a)' Ecological Applications, vol 27, no. 5, pp. 1694-1698. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1553
Heide-Jørgensen, MP, Hansen, RG, Fossette, S, Nielsen, NH, Borchers, DL, Stern, H & Witting, L 2016, 'Rebuilding beluga stocks in West Greenland' Animal Conservation, vol 20, no. 3, pp. 282-293. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12315
Rekdal, SL, Hansen, RG, Borchers, D, Bachmann, L, Laidre, KL, Wiig, O, Nielsen, NH, Fossette, S, Tervo, O & Heide-Jørgensen, MP 2015, 'Trends in bowhead whales in West Greenland: aerial surveys vs. genetic capture-recapture analyses' Marine Mammal Science, vol 31, no. 1, pp. 133-154. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12150
Marques, TA, Buckland, ST, Borchers, DL, Rexstad, E & Thomas, L 2014, Distance Sampling. in M Lovric (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science. Springer, pp. 398. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04898-2_214
Borchers, DL & Kidney, D 2014, Flexible density surface estimation for spatially explicit capture-recapture surveys. CREEM TEchnical Report, no. 2014-1, University of St Andrews.
Hammond, PS, Gillespie, DM, Lovell, P, Samarra, FIP, Swift, RJ, Macleod, K, Tasker, ML, Berggren, P, Borchers, DL, Burt, ML, Paxton, CGM, Canadas, A, Desportes, G, Donovan, GP, Gilles, A, Lehnert, K, Siebert, U, Gordon, JCD, Leaper, R, Leopold, M, Scheidat, M, Oien, N, Ridoux, V, Rogan, E, Skov, H, Teilmann, J, Van Canneyt, O & Vazquez, JA 2014, 'Large scale surveys for cetaceans: line transect assumptions, reliability of abundance estimates and improving survey efficiency – A response to MacLeod' Biological Conservation, vol 170, pp. 338-339. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.01.016
Newman, K, Buckland, ST, Morgan, B, King, R, Borchers, DL, Cole, D, Besbeas, P, Gimenez, O & Thomas, L 2014, Modelling population dynamics: Model formulation, fitting and assessment using state-space methods. Methods in Statistical Ecology, Springer, New York. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0977-3
Read, AJ, Barco, S, Bell, J, Borchers, DL, Burt, ML, Cummings, EW, Dunn, J, Fougeres, J, Hazen, L, Williams-Hodge, LE, Laura, A-M, McAlarney, RJ, Nilsson, P, Pabst, DA, Paxton, CGM, Schneider, SZ, Urian, K, Waples, DM & McLellan, WA 2014, 'Occurrence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Onslow Bay, North Carolina, USA' Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, vol 14, pp. 23-35.
Hammond, PS, Macleod, K, Berggren, P, Borchers, DL, Burt, ML, Cañadas, A, Desportes, G, Donovan, GP, Gilles, A, Gillespie, DM, Gordon, JCD, Hiby, L, Kuklik, I, Leaper, R, Lehnert, K, Leopold, M, Lovell, P, Øien, N, Paxton, CGM, Ridoux, V, Rogan, E, Samarra, FIP, Scheidat, M, Sequeira, M, Siebert, U, Skov, H, Swift, RJ, Tasker, M, Teilmann, J, Van Canneyt, O & Vázquez, JA 2013, 'Cetacean abundance and distribution in European Atlantic shelf waters to inform conservation and management' Biological Conservation, vol 164, pp. 107-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.04.010
Borchers, DL, Zucchini, W, Heide-Jørgensen, MP, Cañadas, A & Langrock, R 2013, 'Using hidden Markov models to deal with availability bias on line transect surveys' Biometrics, vol 69, no. 3, pp. 703-713. DOI: 10.1111/biom.12049
Heide-Jorgensson, MP, Leidre, KL, Hansen, RG, Burt, ML, Simon, M, Borchers, DL, Hansen, J, Harding, K, Rasmussen, M, Dietz, R & Teilmann, J 2012, 'Rate of increase and current abundance of humpback whales in West Greenland' Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 1-14.
Buckland, ST, Rexstad, E & Borchers, DL 2012, 'Wildlife population survey methods: challenges and opportunities in the 21st century' Paper presented at International Statistical Ecology Conference, Sundvolden, Norway, 3/07/12 - 6/07/12, .
Marques, TALO, Buckland, ST, Borchers, DL, Rexstad, E & Thomas, L 2011, Distance sampling. in M Lovric (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science. Springer-Verlag, pp. 398-400. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04898-2_214
Borchers, DL, Thomas, L, Buckland, ST, Skaug, H & Barlow, J 2011, Workshop on new developments in cetacean survey methods. CREEM Technical Report, no. 2011-3, University of St Andrews.
Heide-Jorgensen, MP, Laidre, KL, Burt, ML, Borchers, DL, Marques, TA, Hansen, RG, Rasmussen, M & Fossette, S 2010, 'Abundance of narwhals (Monodon monoceros) on the hunting grounds in Greenland' Journal of Mammalogy, vol 91, no. 5, pp. 1135-1151. DOI: 10.1644/09-MAMM-A-198.1
Heide-Jørgensen, MP, Laidre, KL, Simon, M, Rasmussen, M, Burt, ML & Borchers, DL 2010, 'Abundance estimates of fin whales in West Greenland in 2007' Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 83-88.
Rexstad, E, Thomas, L, Borchers, D & Buckland, S 2010, 'Effect of unmodelled heterogeneity upon abundance estimation using line and point transects' Paper presented at International Statistical Ecology Conference 2010, Canterbury, United Kingdom, 6/07/10, .
Efford, MG, Borchers, DL & Byrom, AE 2009, Density Estimation by Spatially Explicit Capture--Recapture: Likelihood-Based Methods. in DL Thomson, EG Cooch & MJ Conroy (eds), Modeling Demographic Processes In Marked Populations. Springer, Boston, MA, pp. 255-269. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-78151-8_11

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Prof David Borchers
The Observatory
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University of St Andrews
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