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Below is a short list of recent projects completed by Proteus as an indication of the type of assistance we can provide. Please email Darryl for more details.

Demographic study - New Zealand sea-lions

The New Zealand sea lion's primary breeding colonies are in the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, near economically important squid fishing grounds. New Zealand's Department of Conservation have been collecting mark-recapture data since the early 1990's. From 2008-2011 Proteus was contracted to provide annually updated estimates of survival and breeding probabilities using multi-state mark-recapture analyses.

Design of field studies - WildCount

WildCount is a proposed state-wide monitoring program in New South Wales, Australia, to examine changes in wildlife species distributions over time using camera trapping data. The NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water contracted Proteus to review and comment on the proposal, and provide advice on sample size considerations.

Methodological development - ARMI

The most recent in a long-line of projects with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) has been to extend species occurrence models to account for spatial correlation between sampling units. These methodological developments can be very important in enabling reliable conclusions to be made about the dynamics of species distributions. ARMI have been a prime supporter of the development of occupancy models since 2001 by funding numerous research projects that have directly resulted in the explosion of the popularity of the method in the last 10 years.

Impact assessment - proposed wind farm

Provided expert statistical advice to New Zealand's Department of Conservation for their application on Contact Energy's proposed 169 turbine Hauauru ma raki wind farm on the west coast of the North Island. Areas of advice included modeling of potential bird mortalities (particularly migratory shore-birds), monitoring protocols for bird carcass searches and mortality mitigation monitoring protocols.

Population trajectory - European Carp

European carp are an introduced fish species to the Murray-Darling river system in Australia. Proteus was contracted by the Arthur Rylah Institute of the Victorian Department of Sustainability and the Environment to use fisheries data to model the change in carp biomass from the 1960's to the 2000's.

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