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Dr. Robert O'Hara

Researcher (Alumni) 


I am forever unclear about whether I am a biologist or a statistician (I think it depends on who I'm talking to). Most of my work is at the interface of the two. 

Research interests

I spend most of my time working on ecology and evolutionary biology, mainly statistical analyses. My areas of interest include:

  • Community ecology
  • Evolutionary and quantitative genetics
  • Population ecology

At present I am mainly working on developing niche models for species distributions.

Recent publications (from 2010)

If I update it, this is a list of all my publications.

  • Hamberg L., Malmivaara-Lamsa M., Lehvavirta S., O'Hara R.B., Kotze, D.J. (2010) Quantifying the effects of trampling and habitat edges on forest understory vegetation - A field experiment. Journal of Environmental Management 91: 1811-1820. Link
  • Leder E.H., Cano J.M., Leinonen T., O'Hara R.B., Nikinmaa N., Primmer C.R., Merilä, J. (2010). Female-Biased Expression on the X Chromosome as a Key Step in Sex Chromosome Evolution in Threespine Sticklebacks. Molecular Biology and Evolution 27: 1495-1503. Link
  • Loehr J., Carey J., O'Hara R.B., Hik D.S. (2010) The role of phenotypic plasticity in responses of hunted thinhorn sheep ram horn growth to changing climate conditions. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 783-790. Link
  • Mantzouni I., Sørensen H., O'Hara, R.B., MacKenzie, B.R. (2010) Hierarchical modelling of temperature and habitat size effects on population dynamics of North Atlantic cod. Ices Journal of Marine Science 67: 833-855. Link
  • Mutshinda C.M., O'Hara R.B. (2010) On the setting of environmental noise and the performance of population dynamical models. BMC Ecology 10 7. Link
  • Mutshinda C.M., O'Hara R.B., Woiwod, I.P. (2010) A multispecies perspective on ecological impacts of climatic forcing Journal of Animal Ecology in press. Link
  • O'Hara R.B., Kotza, D.J. (2010) Do not log-transform count data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 1: 118–122. Link