Curriculum Vitae: Rachel Fewster



1995-1998 : University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK.
PhD Statistics (1999).

1992-1995 : University of Cambridge, UK.
BA Mathematics (1995), Class I.   MA Mathematics (1999). 

Professional Activities

Coordinator of CatchIT! Data management and analysis for citizen science monitoring schemes.
Associate Editor, Biometrics, 2006 - present.

Marsden PI, $706K, 2021-2024. Inference for statistical linear inverse problems, with Martin Hazelton, Jesse Goodman, and Andrew Robinson.
Marsden AI, $300K, 2020-2023. Estimating animal population size in an unobservable spatial obstacle course, with Ben Stevenson.
Marsden PI, $680K, 2018-2021. Cells and whistles: genetic and acoustic methods of wildlife monitoring. Press release in English and and Te Reo Māori.
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. Marsden Update.
MBIE PI, $150K, 2015-2016. Traps, Maps, and Stats: CatchIT-Schools educational programme for primary school children.
NZ National Tertiary Teaching Excellence awards: 2009 (individual); 2003 (joint).
Campbell Award 2018: the senior award of the NZ Statistical Association. ANZJS article.
Keynote speaker, SEEM 2019, Wellington, 2019.
Keynote speaker, EURING 2017, Barcelona, Spain, 2017.
Keynote speaker, Australasian Biometrics Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 2017.
Keynote speaker, EcoStats 15, Sydney, Australia, 2015.
Keynote speaker, 9th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2014.
Keynote speaker, 3rd International Statistical Ecology Conference, Oslo, Norway, 2012.
International Programme Committee, International Statistical Ecology Conferences: Sydney 2020; St Andrews 2018; Seattle 2016; Montpellier 2014.
International Programme Committee, International Biometric Conferences: Seoul 2020; Victoria BC 2016; Florianopolis Brazil 2010.


Borchers, D.L., Nightingale, P., Stevenson, B.C., and Fewster, R.M. A latent capture history model for digital aerial surveys. Biometrics, to appear. Online from Wiley.

Horsup, A.B., Austin, J.J., Fewster, R.M., Hansen, B.D., Harper, D.E., Molyneux, J.A., White, L.C., and Taylor, A.C. Demographic trends and reproductive patterns in the northern hairy-nosed wombat Lasiorhinus krefftii at Epping Forest National Park (Scientific), Central Queensland. Australian Mammalogy, 43, 72-84, 2021. Online from CSIRO.

Campos, I.B., Fewster, R., Truskinger, A., Towsey, M., Roe, P., Vasques Filho, D., Lee, W., and Gaskett, A. Assessing the potential of acoustic indices for protected area monitoring in the Serra do Cipó National Park, Brazil. Ecological Indicators, 120, 106953, 2021. Online from Elsevier.

Pichlmuller, F., Murphy, E.C., MacKay, J.W.B., Henderson, J., Fewster, R.M., and Russell, J.C. Island invasion and reinvasion: informing invasive species management with genetic measures of connectivity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57, 2258-2270, 2020. Online from Wiley and Full text (preprint). Feature in British Ecological Society News.

Carroll, E.L., et al. Genetic diversity and connectivity of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) found in the Brazil and Chile-Peru wintering grounds and the South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur) feeding ground. Journal of Heredity, 111, 263-276, 2020. Full text online (open access). Online issue and Journal cover image.

Zhang, W., Bravington, M.V., and Fewster, R.M. Fast likelihood-based inference for latent count models using the saddlepoint approximation. Biometrics, 75, 723-733, 2019. Online from Wiley. Full text with supplement (preprint).

Stevenson, B.C., Borchers, D.L., and Fewster, R.M. Cluster capture-recapture to account for identification uncertainty on aerial surveys of animal populations. Biometrics, 75, 326-336, 2019. Online from Wiley. Journal cover image.

Zhang, W., Liu, J., Goodman, J., Weir, B.S., and Fewster, R.M. Stationary distribution of the linkage disequilibrium coefficient r2. Theoretical Population Biology, 128, 19-26, 2019. Full text from Elsevier.

Russell, J.C., Robins, J.H., and Fewster, R.M. Phylogeography of invasive rats in New Zealand. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, 48, 2019. Full text online (open access). Online issue: Trends in Urban Rodent Monitoring. Article in NZ Herald.

Hamilton, O.N.P., Kincaid, S.E., Constantine, R., Kozmian-Ledward, L., Walker, C.G., and Fewster, R.M. Accounting for uncertainty in duplicate identification and group size judgments in mark-recapture distance sampling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 354-362, 2018. Online from Wiley. Download code and materials.

Krull, C.R., McMillan, L.F., Fewster, R.M., van der Ree, R., Pech, R., Dennis, T., and Stanley, M.C. Testing the feasibility of wireless sensor networks and the use of radio signal strength indicator to track the movements of wild animals. Wildlife Research, 45, 659-667, 2018. Online from CSIRO.

Bowie, M.H., Madi-Corodji, J., Ford, D., Ross, J.G., McLennan, I., Fewster, R.M., and Murphy, E.C. Mouse management on Ōtamahua/Quail Island - lessons learned. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 45, 267-285, 2018. Online from Taylor and Francis.

Glen, A.S., Russell, J.C., Veltman, C.J., and Fewster, R.M. I smell a rat! Estimating effective sweep width for searches using wildlife detector dogs. Wildlife Research, 45, 500-504, 2018. Online from CSIRO.

McMillan, L.F., and Fewster, R.M. Visualizations for genetic assignment analyses using the saddlepoint approximation method. Biometrics, 73, 1029-1041, 2017. Online from Wiley, or Preprint (PDF) and Web Appendices. GenePlot Online: a free web interface for creating GenePlots.

Fewster, R.M. Some applications of genetics in statistical ecology. Advances in Statistical Analysis, 101, 349-379, 2017. Full text online from Springer Nature, or article at Springer Link, or PDF Preprint.

Cheeseman, J.F., Fewster, R.M., and Walker, M.M. Circadian and circatidal clocks control the mechanism of semilunar foraging behaviour. Scientific Reports, 7, 3780, 2017. Full text from (open access). Feature in NZ Herald.

Marques, T.A., Thomas, L., Kery, M., Buckland, S.T., Borchers, D.L., Rexstad, E., Fewster, R.M., MacKenzie, D.I., Royle, J.A., Guillera-Arroita, G., Handel, C.M., Pavlacky, D.C., and Camp, R.J. Model-based approaches to deal with detectability: a comment on Hutto (2016a). Ecological Applications, 27, 1694-1698, 2017. Online from ESA.

Barton, B., Fewster, R., Kirk, V., Leemans, D., Novak, J., Oates, G., Postlethwaite, C., Sneddon, J., & Wojnowski, M. Implementing Team-Based Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics: "How To" Guide #1. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa, 2017. Online from Ako Aotearoa, and Full text (PDF).

Antunes, A.P., Fewster, R.M., Venticinque, E.M., Peres, C.A., Levi, T., Rohe, F., and Shepard, G.H. Empty forest or empty rivers? A century of commercial hunting in Amazonia. Science Advances, 2, e1600936, 2016. Full text (open access) and Supplementary Materials from Science website. Feature in The Guardian to commemorate UN World Wildlife Day, 2017. Other selected press coverage from The Scientist, The Conversation, Mongabay, Yahoo!, IFL Science, Science Daily.

Fewster, R.M., Stevenson, B.C., and Borchers, D.L. Trace-contrast models for capture-recapture without capture histories. Statistical Science, 31, 245-258, 2016. Full text (PDF), or Online from Project Euclid. Journal website.

Borchers, D.L., and Fewster, R.M. Spatial capture-recapture models. Statistical Science, 31, 219-232, 2016. Full text (PDF), or Online from Project Euclid. Journal website.

Pfannkuch, M., Budgett, S, Fewster, R., Fitch, M., Pattenwise, S., Wild, C., and Ziedins, I. Probability modeling and thinking: what can we learn from practice? Statistics Education Research Journal, 15(2), 11-37, 2016. Full text (PDF); with Discussion by B. Chance & S. Roy; D. Shaw; L. Kaiserlian; and Pfannkuch et al. Journal website.

Carroll, E.L., Fewster, R.M., Childerhouse, S.J., Patenaude, N.J., Boren, L., and Baker, C.S. First direct evidence for natal wintering ground fidelity and estimate of juvenile survival in the New Zealand Southern right whale Eubalaena australis. PLoS ONE, 11, e0146590, 2016. Full text (open access).

Robins, J.H., Miller, S.D., Russell, J.C., Harper, G.A., and Fewster, R.M. Where did the rats of Big South Cape Island come from? New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 40, 229-234, 2016. Full text (open access); blog item about the devastation of Big South Cape island by ship rats in 1964, and news item.

Carroll, E.L., Brooks, L., Baker, C.S., Burns, D., Garrigue, C., Hauser, N., Jackson, J.A., Poole, M.M., and Fewster, R.M. Assessing the design and power of capture-recapture studies to estimate demographic parameters for the Endangered Oceania humpback whale population. Endangered Species Research, 28, 147-162, 2015. Full text (open access).

Vale, R.T.R., Fewster, R.M., Carroll, E.L., and Patenaude, N.J. Maximum likelihood inference for model Mt,α for capture-recapture data with misidentification. Biometrics, 70, 962–971, 2014. Online from Wiley, or PDF Preprint and Web Appendix.

Fewster, R.M. Teaching statistics to real people: adventures in social stochastics. Plenary paper 3, in K. Makar, B. de Sousa, and R. Gould (Eds.), Sustainability in statistics education. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS9, July, 2014), Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Voorburg, The Netherlands: International Statistical Institute, 2014. Full text and Presentation.

Gimenez, O., et al. Statistical ecology comes of age. Biology Letters, 10, 20140698, 2014. Full text.

Fewster, R.M., and Jupp, P.E. Information on parameters of interest decreases under transformations. Journal of Multivariate Analysis, 120, 34-39, 2013. PDF (preprint), or Online from Elsevier.

Veale, A.J., Edge, K-A., McMurtrie, P., Fewster, R.M., Clout, M.N., and Gleeson, D.M. Using genetic techniques to quantify reinvasion, survival and in-situ breeding rates during control operations. Molecular Ecology, 22, 5071-5083, 2013. Online from Wiley.

Carroll, E.L., Childerhouse, S.J., Fewster, R.M., Patenaude, N.J., Steel, D., Dunshea, G., Boren, L., and Baker, C.S. Accounting for female reproductive cycles in a superpopulation capture-recapture framework: application to southern right whales (Eubalaena australis). Ecological Applications, 23, 1677-1690, 2013. Online from ESA; Appendix and Supplements; and Journal cover image.

Efford, M.G., and Fewster, R.M. Estimating population size by spatially explicit capture–recapture. Oikos, 122, 918-928, 2013. Online from Wiley.

Fewster, R.M. Null Hypothesis. In Maloy, S. and Hughes, K. (eds). Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition). Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 144-145, 2013. Online from ScienceDirect.

Fewster, R.M. Variance estimation for systematic designs in spatial surveys. Biometrics, 67, 1518-1531, 2011. Online from Wiley, or email me for PDF.

Carroll, E.L., Patenaude, N.J., Childerhouse, S.J., Kraus, S. D., Fewster, R.M., and Baker, C.S. Abundance of the New Zealand subantarctic southern right whale population estimated from photo-identification and genotype mark-recapture. Marine Biology, 158, 2565-2575, 2011. Online from SpringerLink.

Fewster, R.M., Miller, S.D., and Ritchie, J. DNA profiling - a management tool for rat eradication. In: Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds) Island invasives: Eradication and management. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, p. 430-435, 2011. Full text (PDF). Whole volume (open access).

Miller, S.D., Russell, J.C., MacInnes, H.E., Abdelkrim, J., and Fewster, R.M. Multiple paternity in wild populations of invasive Rattus species. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 34, 360-363, 2010. Full text (PDF) from NZ J Ecol website.

Russell, J.C., Miller, S.D., Harper, G.A., MacInnes, H.E., Wylie, M.J., and Fewster, R.M. Survivors or reinvaders? Using genetic assignment to identify invasive pests following eradication. Biological Invasions, 12, 1747-1757, 2010. Full text (open access).

Fewster, R.M., and Jupp, P.E. Inference on population size in binomial detectability models. Biometrika, 96, 805-820, 2009. Abstract. Free access PDF from Oxford Journals.

Fewster, R.M., Buckland, S.T., Burnham, K.P., Borchers, D.L., Jupp, P.E., Laake, J.L., and Thomas, L. Estimating the encounter rate variance in distance sampling. Biometrics, 65, 225-236, 2009. Online from Blackwell-Synergy.

Fewster, R.M. A simple explanation of Benford's Law. The American Statistician, 63, 26-32, 2009. Full text (PDF). The American Statistician Website

Russell, J.C., and Fewster, R.M. Evaluation of the linkage disequilibrium method for estimating effective population size. In: Thomson, D. L., Cooch, E. G., Conroy, M. J. (eds) Modeling Demographic Processes in Marked Populations. Environmental and Ecological Statistics Series, Vol 3, Springer, Berlin, pp. 291-320, 2009. Online volume. Full text with corrections to misprints on page 311 here.

Miller, S.D., MacInnes, H.E., and Fewster, R.M. Detecting invisible migrants: an application of genetic methods to estimate migration rates. In: Thomson, D. L., Cooch, E. G., Conroy, M. J. (eds) Modeling Demographic Processes in Marked Populations. Environmental and Ecological Statistics Series, Vol 3, Springer, Berlin, pp. 417-437, 2009. Online volume.

Russell, J.C., Abdelkrim, J., and Fewster, R.M. Early colonisation population structure of a Norway rat island invasion. Biological Invasions, 11, 1557-1567, 2009.

Fewster, R.M., and Patenaude, N.J. Cubic splines for estimating the distribution of residence time using individual resightings data. In: Thomson, D. L., Cooch, E. G., Conroy, M. J. (eds) Modeling Demographic Processes in Marked Populations. Environmental and Ecological Statistics Series, Vol 3, Springer, Berlin, pp. 393-415, 2009. Online volume.

Fewster, R.M., and Pople, A.R. A comparison of mark-recapture distance sampling methods applied to aerial surveys of Eastern grey kangaroos. Wildlife Research, 35, 320-330, 2008. Online issue.

Fewster, R.M., Southwell, C., Borchers, D.L., Buckland, S.T., and Pople, A.R. The influence of animal mobility on the assumption of uniform distances in aerial line transect surveys. Wildlife Research, 35, 275-288, 2008. Online issue.

Buckland, S.T., Magurran, A.E., Green, R.E., and Fewster, R.M. (2005). Monitoring change in biodiversity through composite indices. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 360, 243-254.

Fewster, R.M., Laake, J.L., and Buckland, S.T. (2005). Line transect sampling in small and large regions. Biometrics, 61, 856-859.

Fewster, R.M. and Buckland, S.T. (2004). Assessment of distance sampling estimators. In Buckland, S.T., Anderson, D.R., Burnham, K.P., Laake, J.L., Borchers, D.L., and Thomas, L. (eds). Advanced Distance Sampling. Oxford, Oxford University Press, p. 281-306. Book website.

Fewster, R.M. A spatio-temporal stochastic process model for species spread. Biometrics 59, 640-649 (2003). Abstract.

Fewster, R.M. and Mendes, E. Portfolio management method for deadline planning. Proceedings of the Ninth IEEE Symposium on Software Metrics, IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, California (2003). Abstract.

Fewster, R.M. and Buckland, S.T. Similarity indices for spatial ecological data. Biometrics 57, 495-501 (2001). Summary.

Fewster, R.M. and Mendes, E. Measurement, prediction and risk analysis for web applications. Proceedings of the Seventh IEEE Symposium on Software Metrics, IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, California (2001). Abstract.

Fewster, R.M. and Mendes, E. Empirical evaluation and prediction of web applications' development effort. Proceedings of EASE'00 - Fourth International Conference on Empirical Assessment and Evaluation in Software Engineering, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK; 2000. Abstract.

Fewster, R.M., Buckland, S.T., Siriwardena, G.M., Baillie, S.R. and Wilson, J.D. Analysis of population trends for farmland birds using generalized additive models. Ecology 81, 1970-1984 (2000). Full text (PDF) : Copyright by the Ecological Society of America. R code : SPLUS code.

Borchers, D.L., Zucchini, W. and Fewster, R.M. Mark-recapture models for line transect surveys. Biometrics 54, 1207-1220 (1998). Summary

Siriwardena, G.M., Baillie, S.R., Buckland, S.T., Fewster, R.M., Marchant, J.H. and Wilson, J.D. Trends in the abundance of farmland birds: a quantitative comparison of smoothed Common Bird Census indices. Journal of Applied Ecology 35, 24-43 (1998). Summary

Last updated: March 2018