Associate Professor Russell Millar

Computing resources and data for Maximum likelihood estimation and inference: with examples in R, SAS and ADMB (Wiley, 2011) including package MLEI to provide the plkhci function from the defunct Bhat CRAN package.

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Room:         127 Commerce A     Extn:  85003

Courses:      STATS 730, STATS 7xx (Fisheries)
Workshop:  Applied Bayesian Inference using WinBUGS and R

Research:    Bayesian inference, fisheries modeling, biodiversity, biometry.

Software:     Modelling nonlinear environmental gradients
Size selectivity
Bayesian state-space models
Mixed stock composition estimation

Other:         Co-Editor Biometrics (2011-present)
Associate Editor Biometrics (2006-2010)
Associate Editor Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (2002-2007)
Editor Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics (2001-2006)
Associate Editor New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research (2001-2005)
Editor New Zealand Stats Assoc newsletter (1999-2002)

Russell did his undergraduate and MSc study at Auckland and graduated Ph.D from the University of Washington in 1989. Involvement with a salmon management problem in Washington led to an interest in fisheries and he took a research scientist position with the Canadian Dept of Fisheries and Oceans (St John's, Newfoundland). In 1992 he returned to New Zealand as a lecturer at the University of Otago. He joined the University of Auckland team in 1996.

Russell's expertise is in the development and application of statistical methodology for the modelling of real data, specializing in challenging problems such as those encountered in ecology and fisheries research. He has published extensively under both the frequentist and Bayesian paradigms, the choice of paradigm being chosen by the pragmatic need to get the job done rather than any philosophical idealism. His earlier research includes estimating the mixing proportions of salmon in mixed stock fisheries, determining growth curves, modeling the size-selectivity of fishing gear, and estimating population abundance. He also has published extensively on the effect of marine reserves, including the use of generalized linear mixed models to estimate the abundance of snapper in and around the Leigh Marine Reserve. More recently, he pioneered the use of Bayesian methodology to implement nonlinear state-space models for non-Gaussian data. Most recently, he has published on robustness of Bayesian inference and is currently embarking on exciting new research in predictive modelling of multivariate ecological data and in this area has established active research ties with leading scientists at the University of Olso, Norway. These are excellent areas of PhD research for well prepared students with a passion for making sense of real data, and they provide skills that will always be in demand by academia, industry, conservation, business and government agencies throughout the world.

Lake Manapouri, April 1995 McKinnon Pass, Milford Track, Dec 2002 Counting fish, Jan 2003 Granite Harbour, Antarctica, Nov 2008