Dr Blake Matthew Seers
I graduated with a BSc, double majoring in biological sciences and statistics in 2009, and then continued on to do his PGDipSci and Masters in statistics with application to the marine sciences. I was awarded the Auckland Council Student Partnership Programme external scholarship to support my masters research in modelling water quality and sedimentation until I graduated in 2011.
Upon completing my Masters, I worked for my supervisor Dr Nick Shears, researching the combined effects of terrestrially-derived sedimentation and climate change on turbidity in coastal waters. With the help of a scholarship, I started my PhD in statistics and marine science in June 2012 to investigate the likely impacts of climate change on coastal marine environments. Having completed my PhD, I am currently employed as a statistical consultant at the Statistical Consulting Centre, within the Department of Statistics, and work on a wide range of research projects and statistical problems in academia and industry.
Research | Current
Investigating the effects of climate change on coastal environments.
Areas of expertise
Experience and expertise:
- Multivariate techniques and linear models to investigate climatic and environmental drivers of natural processes
- Incorporating bayesian statistics to model environmental monitoring and observational data
- Hierarchical modelling
- Git and GitHub
- Statistical programming
- R package developer, author and maintainer:
- Shiny app developer:
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Seers, B. M. (2017). Investigating the Climatic and Oceanographic Drivers of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Coastal Turbidity and Sedimentation The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Seers, B. M., & Shears, N. T. (2015). Spatio-temporal patterns in coastal turbidity - Long-term trends and drivers of variation across an estuarine-open coast gradient. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 154, 137-151. 10.1016/j.ecss.2014.12.018
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nick Shears