Optimal design

I am interested in using scientific tools to analyze the choices scientists make in designing their studies. This has led to collaborations in epidemiology, experimental design, and survey designs for invasive species. The common currency in these projects is understanding how logistical constraints determine the effectiveness of survey protocols.

Our current work is focused on desiging survey strategies uses similarities between surveyors looking for targets and predators looking for prey. We have shown that past results describing how predators search for prey can be relevant for designing survey strategies. However, there also can be important differences as well because past results from foraging theory that have not accounted for uncertainty in the detection of prey. More information on this work, done in conjuction with John Fieberg, is at https://zebramusselsurveys.netlify.com/.