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Andrew Allyn

Graduate Student (PhD)


Andrew is currently a PhD student in the Intercampus Marine Science program at the University of Massachusetts. Andrew graduated from Connecticut College in 2007 and then earned his MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. The focus of his MS work was on the distribution, abundance, habitat use and diet of Kittlitz’s Murrelets, a rare seabird found in Alaska and the Russian Far East.

Broadly, Andrew is interested in understanding the physical and biological factors controlling species distribution and abundance patterns, and how perturbations to these drivers may influence species population dynamics and species distributions. Andrew’s dissertation work focuses on evaluating and applying species distribution models, a group of commonly used methods to understand such distribution and abundance patterns. Specifically, he is investigating how statistical inference of species distribution models is influenced by spatial autocorrelation, a phenomenon commonly observed in ecological data and species distribution modeling efforts. After investigating both the causes and consequences of spatial autocorrelation in species distribution models, Andrew will evaluate different methods to account for and remove residual spatial autocorrelation. The final phase of Andrew’s dissertation work will use these findings to guide an applied study on the at-sea habitat use of marine birds in the Gulf of Maine using a combination of at-sea survey data and individual tagging data.

Andrew’s dissertation work is funded by the National Science Foundation-sponsored IGERT: Offshore Wind Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science and Policy (Grant Number 1068864).

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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