Quantitative Ecology Lab

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

North Carolina State University


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

A lot of changes this semester:

-Rahel has accepted a tenure track position at UC-Davis.

-Gabriel has returned home to Brazil.

-Rahel and I are organizing an oral session for ESA this year on new methods for estimating abundance

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 at NCSU is run by Beth Gardner in the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology program.  Please check out this site for information on the lab team and research projects, publications, and teaching.  

Welcome to Beth Gardner’s lab