Professor Rachel Fewster

MA Mathematics (Cambridge); PhD Statistics (St Andrews)

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I joined the department in 1999, following a PhD in Statistics from the University of St Andrews, and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. Please see my personal webpage and publications list for more details, including links to PDFs and software.

I am currently coordinating the development of CatchIT, a data management, mapping, and analysis system for community conservation projects.


Campbell Award 2018 - the senior award of the New Zealand Statistical Association

National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award 2009

Marsden AI, $300K, 2020-2023. Estimating animal population size on an unobservable spatial obstacle course.
Marsden PI, $680K, 2018-2021. Cells and whistles: genetic and acoustic methods of wildlife monitoring.
Marsden PI, $450K, 2015-2018. A question of identity: estimating population size with uncertain identification of individuals.
Marsden PI, $100K, 2004-2006. Where did you get that rat? Using population genetics to source invasive rats on NZ islands.
MBIE PI, $150K, 2015-2016. Traps, Maps, and Stats: CatchIT-Schools educational programme for primary school children.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Pichlmuller, F., Murphy, E. C., MacKay, J. W. B., Henderson, J., Fewster, R. M., & Russell, J. C. (2020). Island invasion and reinvasion: Informing invasive species management with genetic measures of connectivity. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY10.1111/1365-2664.13727
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Russell, Florian Pichlmueller
  • Zhang, W., Liu, J., Goodman, J., Weir, B. S., & Fewster, R. M. (2019). Stationary distribution of the linkage disequilibrium coefficient r2. Theoretical population biology, 128, 19-26. 10.1016/j.tpb.2019.05.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jesse Goodman
  • Stevenson, B. C., Borchers, D. L., & Fewster, R. M. (2019). Cluster capture-recapture to account for identification uncertainty on aerial surveys of animal populations. Biometrics, 75 (1), 326-336. 10.1111/biom.12983
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ben Stevenson
  • Zhang, W., Bravington, M. V., & Fewster, R. M. (2019). Fast likelihood-based inference for latent count models using the saddlepoint approximation. Biometrics10.1111/biom.13030
  • Hamilton, O. N. P., Kincaid, S. E., Constantine, R., Kozmian-Ledward, L., Walker, C. G., & Fewster, R. M. (2018). Accounting for uncertainty in duplicate identification and group size judgements in mark-recapture distance sampling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9 (2), 354-362. 10.1111/2041-210X.12895
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Walker, Rochelle Constantine
  • Cheeseman, J. F., Fewster, R. M., & Walker, M. M. (2017). Circadian and circatidal clocks control the mechanism of semilunar foraging behaviour. Scientific Reports, 710.1038/s41598-017-03245-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Cheeseman
  • Fewster, R. M. (2017). Some applications of genetics in statistical ecology. AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis, 101 (4), 349-379. 10.1007/s10182-016-0273-0
  • McMillan, L. F., & Fewster, R. M. (2017). Visualizations for genetic assignment analyses using the saddlepoint approximation method. Biometrics, 73 (3), 1029-1041. 10.1111/biom.12667


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 327
New Zealand

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