Dr Simon Blomberg

Senior Lect/Statistics Advisor

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 52506


Methods and applications of statistics in evolutionary biology and population ecology.

My research involves the application and development of statistical methods in ecology, evolutionary biology, and general whole-organism biology. My two particular research foci are phylogenetic comparative methods and mark-recapture methods for animal demography. I also have a strong interest in the application of Bayesian methods, and the statistical philosophy of the nature of evidence in whol-organism biology. How and why do scientists agree that certain data are evidence for or against a particular hypothesis?

I also provide a statistical consultation service for staff and students within the Faculty of Science.

I am interested in taking graduate students at any level who are interested in quantitative methods in biology. Students in my lab will be able to (or be willing to learn) program computers in S (http://www.r-project.org), a compiled language such as C or Fortran, and/or a scripting language such as Python or Scheme in a Unix environment. Students are also encouraged to extend or develop their mathematical skills. A background in biology, statistics, mathematics, or computer science would be valuable. I can also co-supervise students who are interested in using quantitative methods for their thesis work, but for whom such methods are not a primary focus of research.


  • MAppStat, Australian National University
  • PhD, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University


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Book Chapter

  • Symonds, Matthew R. E. and Blomberg, Simon P. (2014). A primer on phylogenetic generalised least squares. In Laszlo Zsolt Garamszegi (Ed.), Modern phylogenetic comparative methods and their application in evolutionary biology: concepts and practice (pp. 105-130) Berlin Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-43550-2_5

  • Blomberg, Simon and Shine, Richard (2006). Reptiles. In William J. Sutherland (Ed.), Ecological census techniques: a handbook 2nd ed. (pp. 297-307) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511790508.009

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