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
  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2015-2018

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