Quantitative Ecology Lab

University of Washington


Assessing populations, including estimation of demographic rates, distribution patterns, abundance, and habitat relationships, is essential for conservation, management, and ecological understanding.  Major drivers such as climate change and land-use change will continue to alter the environment affecting wildlife populations in new and unexpected ways.  Our lab develops statistical models to assess populations and distributions for fish, wildlife, and other organisms.  Using hierarchical models to separate observation processes from the underlying state process of interest and a Bayesian framework for analyses allows us to directly address complex biological questions. 


What we do and why

Our lab develops innovative quantitative methods to study wildlife, plant, and fisheries populations  around the world.

News from the lab

-The lab is quickly filling up with new students starting this year.  Check back soon for bios on each student and their projects.

Sarah Bassing

Robbie Emmet
Phil Patton
Olivia Sanderfoot
Samantha Zwicker

-The Ecological Society of America meeting is coming up in just a few short weeks in Portland, Oregon.  Beth, Phil, and  Robbie will all be attending from the lab.  This is Beth's last year as chair of the Statistical Ecology section - be sure to check out the Stats Ecology mixer during the meeting and sign up for the Pielou Award (for students)!

-The Euring Technical Meeting, with Scientific co-chair Beth, just happened the first week of July 2017 in Barcelona. Tons of great presentations and events at the meeting - overall, it was a big success. 

Other work to check out:

-Spatial capture recapture book:


© David Shindle, Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Quantitative Ecology Lab is run by Beth Gardner at the University of Washington.  Please check out this site for information on the lab team and research projects, publications, and teaching.  

Welcome to Beth Gardner’s lab