Dr. Katie St. Clair, Associate Professor at Carleton College advised four undergraduate mathematics and statistics students on a senior comprehensive project that explored the efficiency of different distance sampling survey designs using simulations. Computer simulations were conducted using the R package DSsim (Marshall 2017).


From left to right: Dr. Katie St. Clair, Nick Fredrickson, Emily Kaegi, Alana Danieu, and Clara Livingston


The students presented their work to the MAISRC zebra mussel monitoring team on April 3, 2018. You can find their presentation slides here. In addition, you can view their final final report here. Some of their main findings were:

Literature cited

Buckland, S.T., E.A. Rexstad, T.A. Marques, and C.S. Oedekoven. 2015. Distance Sampling: Methods and Applications. Switzerland. Springer International Publishing.

Marshall, L. 2017. DSsim: Distance Sampling Simulations. R package version 1.1.2. https://cran.r-project.org/package=DSsim