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Dr Peter Dillingham

Office: Science III, room 516
Phone: 479-5971

Research Interests

Visit my homepage for details and for potential PhD, MS, and Honours projects. Briefly, my interests fall into four broad categories:

  • Population modelling of seabirds, sharks, and other marine megafauna: parameter estimation, demographic modelling, and management implications
  • Our changing ocean: experimental design to measure consequences of global climate change on marine organisms
  • Modelling chemical sensors: development of analytical methods for chemical sensors and sensor arrays
  • Model uncertainty and misspecification: model averaging and post hoc adjustments for the construction of improved confidence intervals

Recent Publications

  • McGraw, C. M., Havenhand, J. N., Fabricius, K. E., Dillingham, P. W., Hurd, C. L., & Boyd, P. W. (2018). Changing Ocean Biological Systems (COBS): How will biota respond to a changing ocean? Proceedings of the 11th New Zealand Ocean Acidification Workshop. (pp. 18). Retrieved from
  • Dillon, W., Dillingham, P., Law, C., & McGraw, C. (2018). Development of an optical fibre based omega probe for calcium carbonate. Proceedings of the 11th New Zealand Ocean Acidification Workshop. (pp. 10). Retrieved from
  • Schaerf, T. M., Dillingham, P. W., & Ward, A. J. W. (2017). The effects of external cues on individual and collective behavior of shoaling fish. Science Advances, 3(6), e1603201. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1603201
  • Dillingham, P. W., Alsaedi, B. S. O., & McGraw, C. M. (2017). Characterising uncertainty in instrumental limits of detection when sensor response is non-linear. Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors Conference. (pp. 94-96). IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ICSENS.2017.8233898
  • McGraw, C. M., Dillon, W. D. N., Doyle, H. L., Dillingham, P. W., Lye, P. G., Boyd, P. W., & Hurd, C. L. (2017). A multi-sensor system to monitor marine variability associated with global climate change. Proceedings of the 10th New Zealand Ocean Acidification Workshop. (pp. 23). Retrieved from