Dr Carl Donovan:
Lecturer in Statistics

Dr Carl Donovan

Dr Carl Donovan
The Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9LZ

tel: (44) (0) 1334 461802
fax: (44) (0) 1334 461800
room: 113

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My tertiary education was at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (BSc, MSc, PhD) before taking up a post at the University of St Andrews in 2003.

My PhD research was under Assoc. Prof. Brian McArdle and concluded in 2006. This was primarily about the inclusion of spline based models in multivariate analysis, but necessarily included computer intensive simulation work and methods usually under the banner of data mining. The methods were directed towards ecological data, but are widely applicable.

I am currently a course co-ordinator for our new MSc programme in Applied Statistics and Data Mining. This course is intended for students with a varied undergraduate background in statistics but are seeking to work in commercial data analysis. I have directorship on two private consulting companies and am very interested in linking University skills to commercial applications. It is my experience that the most interesting research avenues spring from commercial problems.

My research interests focus on method development for applied problems - these are varied:

  • Simulation-based impact assessment for complex scenarios e.g. the impacts of low frequency sonars.
  • Smoothing methods for complex areas e.g. 2D smoothing of fauna densities around coastlines using heuristic algorithms.
  • Splines in almost anything: mixed models (e.g. forestry growth models), functional analysis (e.g. measuring similarity of complex surfaces), multivariate analyses (e.g. nonlinear redundancy analyses), marketing applications (e.g. Brand Equity and Customer Value modelling).

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Recent Publications:

5 (of 17 published available) for crd2 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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A simulation approach to assessing environmental risk of sound exposure to marine mammals Carl Robert Donovan, Catriona M Harris, Lorenzo Milazzo, John Harwood, Laura Helen Marshall,
Ecology and Evolution 2017 vol.7 pp.2101-2111
From physiology to policy Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Sascha Kate Hooker, Saana Isojunno, Mark Johnson, Patrick Miller, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Paul Wensveen, Carl Robert Donovan, Catriona M Harris, Danielle Harris, Laura Helen Marshall, Cornelia Sabrina Oedekoven, Rocio Prieto, Len Thomas
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 2016 vol.27
Randomized low-rank Dynamic Mode Decomposition for motion detection Carl Robert Donovan
Computer Vision and Image Understanding 2016 vol.146 pp.40-50
An interim framework for assessing the population consequences of disturbance Robert Schilling Schick, Carl Robert Donovan, Mark Burgman, Len Thomas, John Harwood
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2015 vol.6 pp.1150-1158
Estimating spatial, temporal and individual variability in dolphin cumulative exposure to boat traffic using spatially explicit capture-recapture methods E. Pirotta, P.M. Thompson, B. Cheney, Carl Robert Donovan, D. Lusseau
Animal Conservation 2015 vol.18 pp.20-31