Senior Research Scientist (NA)
Ruth Joy is a senior statistician with SMRU Consulting Ltd and an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at SFU. Her major focus has been on marine animal ecology, in particular the northern fur seal and Steller sea lion populations in Alaska’s Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Her main research interest is developing models to describe how animal movement evolves over time, and integrating these with an animal’s (spatial) environment. Ruth has also been involved in designing and testing hypotheses about the physiological and behavioural responses of captive marine mammals to controlled changes in the abundance and quality of fish. Ruth has collaborated with teams of scientists, conservationists, and industry partners in designing simulation and field studies, and analysing data in a wide array of marine and terrestrial contexts. Her latest work is on the development of Bayesian frameworks for investigating spatial links between animal behaviour and habitat.
Link to SFU personal website: http://www.sfu.ca/~rjoy/.