Quantitative Ecology Lab

University of Washington


Assessing populations, including estimation of demographic rates, distribution patterns, abundance, and habitat relationships, is essential for conservation, management, and ecological understanding.  Major drivers such as climate change and land-use change will continue to alter the environment affecting wildlife populations in new and unexpected ways.  Our lab develops statistical models to assess populations and distributions for fish, wildlife, and other organisms.  Using hierarchical models to separate observation processes from the underlying state process of interest and a Bayesian framework for analyses allows us to directly address complex biological questions. 


What we do and why

Our lab develops innovative quantitative methods to study wildlife, plant, and fisheries populations  around the world.

News from the lab

The lab is undergoing a lot of changes in the midst of the move to UW, so the site may be changing in the next few months and updating might be a little slow.

A couple interesting upcoming conferences to consider:

-The International Statistical Ecology Conference is happening in Seattle this summer, check it out: http://depts.washington.edu/uwconf/wordpress/isec2016/

-The next Euring Technical Meeting is happening next summer 2017 in Barcelona.  More details on this meeting as we get things going.

Other work to check out:

-Paper at PNAS by Botero et al. on the Ecology of belief - http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/11/05/1408701111


-New book on spatial capture recapture is out!  You can check it out at:


© David Shindle, Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Quantitative Ecology Lab is run by Beth Gardner at the University of Washington (starting March 1).  Please check out this site for information on the lab team and research projects, publications, and teaching.  

Welcome to Beth Gardner’s lab