How Statistics Took Me to the Aleutian Islands

Joel Howard Reynolds

Did you know that your skills in statistics can be applied to ensure natural resources, such as fish, wildlife and even ecosystems, remain resilient into the future? That your love of algebra can take you to wild, remote, and amazing places? That there are careers where you get to collaborate with a wide variety of dedicated scientists working to better understand the world, how it is changing, and what it will be like in the future?  A career as an applied statistician in a natural resource agency can be both intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding as you help inform and improve resource management for the benefit of current and future generations.  This talk will touch on the importance of Statistical Thinking in resource management; the types of agency positions filled by applied statisticians and the roles they play; important knowledge and skills required to successfully hold such positions, and where to learn more about opportunities in this field. Examples will be drawn from the speaker’s ~20 years of experience in Alaska.

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