Erin Peterson is a Principle Research Fellow in the Queensland University of Technology Institute for Future Environments and the ARC Centre for Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), in Brisbane, Australia. Erin’s educational background and experience allow her to work at the interface of landscape ecology, geographic information science, and environmental statistics. Her research relates to broad-scale modelling; regional monitoring program design, assessment, and reporting; and the development of methods that better represent the spatial location, configuration, and connectivity of features in statistical models. Her transdisciplinary work has been published in top-tier journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Ecology Letters. She was also part of a multidisciplinary team awarded the 2016 US Forest Service Rise to the Future Award for the successful knowledge transfer of statistical methods that have become standard-practice for aquatic resource management. Erin is currently a Regional Representative of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES).
Environmental monitoring assessment and reporting
B.S. Forest Conservation, Michigan State University (1995)
M.S. Forestry, Colorado State University (2001)
Ph.D. Earth Resources, Colorado State University (2005)
ACEMS Deputy Director Kerrie Mengersen is leading a team of researchers to try to save the jaguar population in Peru. Her project combines the use of statistics, mathematics, and virtual reality technology to help leaders make informed decisions about the threatened species, and the land it depends on.
ACEMS research combines state-of-art methodologies for coral reef data collection, remote sensing and statistical modelling to predict the future ecological status of the reefs within the Great Barrier Reef as the incidence of multiple disturbances continues to increase.
Investigation and development of virtual log models for Southern Pines will be based on analysis of data from the cores, peeled billets and approximately 60 sawn logs. We plan to predict log and stem wood properties from the breast height cores taken in the field study. Following this, applied mathematics will be used to investigate the processing of these virtual logs and predict properties for the virtual boards ‘sawn’ from these logs.
Enormous effort is invested in monitoring the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), but data collection is currently fragmented over dozens of publicly and privately funded organisations, with data collected using different methods and for different purposes. As a result, the data are rarely analysed together.
Invited talks, refereed proceedings and other conference outputs
Peterson, E., Hoef J. Ver, Hooten M., Hanks E., & Fortin M-J.
(2019). Estimating parameters of landscape resistance using spatial autoregressive models. The 10th International Association for Landscape Ecology World Congress.
Peterson, E., Mengersen KL., Vercelloni J., & Brown R.
(2019). Combining citizen science and professional monitoring data to conserve and sustainably use marine resources. 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress.
Thilan, P., Peterson E., Menendez P., M. Caley J., Drovandi C., Mellin C., et al.
(2019). Optimisation of coral reef monitoring using Bayesian adaptive design methods. Bayes on the Beach 2019.
Isaak, D. J., Hoef J. M. Ver, Peterson E., Horan D., & Nagel D.
(2017). Scalable population estimates using spatial-stream-network (SSN) models, fish density surveys, and national geospatial database frameworks for streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 74(2), 147-156. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2016-0247
Turschwell, M. P., Peterson E., Balcombe S. R., & Sheldon F.
(2016). To aggregate or not? Capturing the spatio-temporal complexity of the thermal regime. Ecological Indicators. 67, 39-48. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.02.014
Ashley Steel, E.., Sowder C., & Peterson E.
(2016). Spatial and temporal variation of water temperature regimes on the Snoqualmie river network. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 52(3), 769-787. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12423
Isaak, D. J., Young M. K., Luce C. H., Hostetler S. W., Wenger S. J., Peterson E., et al.
(2016). Slow climate velocities of mountain streams portend their role as refugia for cold-water biodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(16), 4374-4379. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522429113
Rushworth, A. M., Peterson E., Hoef J. M. Ver, & Bowman A. W.
(2015). Validation and comparison of geostatistical and spline models for spatial stream networks. Environmetrics. 26(5), 327-338. doi: 10.1002/env.2340