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Dr Skip Woolley

Research Scientist


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Skipton’s research focuses on the development, implement and interpretation of statistical modelling approaches to quantitatively describe where multiple species are and what processes shape their distributions. This work requires the development of statistical software in R and C++.

Skipton’s research also focuses on understanding how marine biodiversity interacts with dynamic of human activities and pressures, to better protect and reduce the risk of biodiversity loss and manage biodiversity into the future. He’s work at CSIRO, has largely concentrated on integrating statistical methods and mathematical risk-based models to facilitate multiple species risk assessments for biodiversity across various sectors where human use and biodiversity interact. This work tries to link the reality and generality provided by qualitative mathematical models, to the precision provided by statistical models.

Skipton's research also involves the processing of spatial data, such as for spatial point process modelling. and includes complex GIS analyses, as done via R, GDAL and PostGIS.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    PhD in Quantitative Marine Ecology
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2011

    MSc in Marine Ecology with High Distinction
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2005

    The University of Melbourne

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