Andrea Havron

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


PhD Statistics, 2015-Present, University of Auckland
Provisional Thesis: Spatial modelling with Template Model Builder: Applications in ecological methods

MS Marine Resource Management, 2013-2015, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
Graduate Minor in Statistics
Thesis: Habitat suitability and uncertainty: a Bayesian approach to mapping benthic invertebrate distributions.

GIS Graduate Certificate, 2010-2011, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA 

Wildlife Biologist, 2004-2013 
Population surveys of marine mammals and seabirds. Worked for several institutions including Cascadia Research Collective, SCRIPPS Institute, and US Forest Service

BS Zoology, 1995-2000 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA  
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Research | Current

I am interested in ecological spatial modelling using Template Model Builder. My current research explores the following topics:

  • Model-based approaches to community ecology analysis
  • Modelling and mapping uncertainty
  • Spatio-temporal modelling of seabirds

Teaching | Current

Workshop Instructor

  • Template Model Builder Workshop, International Statistical Ecology Conference, 2018

Teaching Assistant
Introduction to Statistics

  • Tutorials, 2017-Present
  • Online Piazza Tutor, 2017-Present

Postgraduate supervision


  • Student Presentation Competition Prize with Distinction: International Statistical Ecology Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland, 2018
  • Best Student Talk Award: Statistics in Ecology and Environmental Monitoring Conference, Queenstown, NZ, 2017
  • Best Student Talk Award: New Zealand Statistical Association Conference, Auckland, NZ, 2017

Areas of expertise

spatial ecology, community ecology, species distribution modelling, generalized linear mixed models, spatial random effects models, spatial factor analysis, Template Model Builder, GIS