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Les Underhill

Les Underhill

Department of Zoology
Animal Demography Unit
University Avenue
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, 7701, RSA

Ph: # (0)21 650 3227

Email: les.underhill(at)uct.ac.za
Website: http://www.adu.org.za


Les Underhill’s statistical research interests lie in techniques such as scaling methods, biplots and correspondence analysis which produce low dimensional graphical displays for data matrices.

Currently, most of his research emphasis is placed at the interface between statistics and biology, in applications of statistics in the biological sciences, particularly ornithology and ecology. He has developed models for the relationship between fish stocks and sea temperature in the Benguela ecosystem, for the analysis of moult in birds, and for the dynamics of Southern Right Whale, African Penguin, Hartlaub’s Gull and Curlew Sandpiper populations.

He collaborates extensively with Dr RJM Crawford, Marine and Coastal Management Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, on a series of project involving southern African seabirds. He was a member of the Prince Edward Islands Millennium Expedition in December 2001, assisting with counts of seabirds on these islands in the Southern Ocean.



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