Prof Len Thomas

Prof Len Thomas
Professor of Statistics


My main research areas are: (1) Development of methods and software for estimating the size, density and distribution of wild animal and plant populations. I mostly work on a group of related methods called distance sampling. (2) Use of computer intensive methods to fit and compare stochastic models of wildlife population dynamics. Here, I mostly work on algorithms called particle filters. For more details about my work, including links to my publications, please see my personal home page.

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Recent publications

5  (of 5 published available) for lt5 with keyword Capture-recapture clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2017 (31/1)
Endangered Species Research
vol.33 pp.193-209
Survival, density, and abundance of common bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay (USA) following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Trent L. McDonald, Fawn E. Hornsby, Todd R. Speakman, Eric S. Zolman, Keith D. Mullin, Carrie Sinclair, Patricia E. Rosel, Len Thomas, Lori H. Schwacke 
Keywords: Capture-recapture, Photo-identification, Robust design, Spatial-capture model, Tursiops truncatusEcology, Nature and Landscape Conservation
2016 (19/5)
PLoS One
vol.11 pp.1-16
An efficient acoustic density estimation method with human detectors applied to gibbons in Cambodia
Benjamin M. Rawson, David Louis Borchers, Ben Stevenson, Tiago A. Marques, Len Thomas 
Journal of the American Statistical Association
vol.110 pp.195-204
2013 (5)
Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
vol.88 pp.287–309
Estimating animal population density using passive acoustics
Tiago A. Marques, Len Thomas, Stephen Martin, David Mellinger, Jessica Ward, David Moretti, Danielle Harris, Peter Lloyd Tyack 

Contact Details:

Prof Len Thomas
The Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9LZ

tel: (44) (0) 1334 461801
fax: (44) (0) 1334 461800
room: 208


Personal Homepage
Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
School of Mathematics & Statistics
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443