The developments in the emerging fields of statistical ecology and environmetrics offer exciting opportunities but also require a new generation of scientists trained in both environmental and quantitative skills. Statistical Ecology has therefore been identified as a critical scarce skill in the Human Capital Development Strategy for the biodiversity sector. A few universities are leading the world by offering training in statistical and quantitative ecology and producing graduate students who are equally adept in ecology and statistics. At UCT the development of statistical ecology and environmetrics is starting to gain momentum and our goal at SEEC is to carry out research and provide training in these interdisciplinary fields.
Core research team
The group has skills that range from quantitative ecology to theoretical statistics, including ecosystem modelling and structured decision support. Core members are based in a number of institutions, including in the Department of Statistical Sciences (UCT), Biological Sciences (UCT), the University of Stellenbosch, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the University of St Andrews, the South African Environmental Observation Network, and in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.