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Wildlife Ecologist Anderson to Speak on Statistical Science

Release Date: 11-16-2004

Author: Heidi Hill

David Anderson, professor emeritus of fishery and wildlife biology at Colorado State University, will discuss methods, models and hypotheses in empirical science in a President’s Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building. A reception will follow in the Brickyard Lounge.

Anderson is the 2004 recipient of The Wildlife Society’s Aldo Leopold Memorial Award and Medal in recognition of his distinguished service to wildlife conservation and his achievements in estimating wildlife population abundance. The award is the highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society.

A recently retired U.S. Geological Survey senior scientist, Anderson published a book with USGS colleague Kenneth Burnham on methods for making statistical inferences from multiple models. He will explain these methods in his campus lecture titled “Model-Based Inference in the Empirical Sciences.” He will illustrate his comprehensive approach by analyzing models of bill lengths in Darwin’s finches and making hypotheses concerning enzyme kinetics.

Anderson has published numerous books, research monographs and peer-reviewed papers in ecology and statistical science. While employed at the USGS, he served as unit leader of cooperative fish and wildlife research units in Utah and Colorado.

For more information on Anderson’s lecture, contact Ruth.Mickey, professor of mathematics and statistics or Terri.Donovan, research assistant professor of natural resources,.