Kenneth P. Burnham (1942–) Dr. Burnham received a B.S. degree in biology from Portland State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical statistics in 1969 and 1972 from Oregon State University. He has worked at the interface between the life sciences and statistics in Maryland, North Carolina, and Colorado. He has made long strings of fundamental contributions to the quantitative theory of capture–recapture and distance sampling theory and analysis. His contributions to the model selection arena and its practical application have been profound. He was selected as a Fellow by the American Statistical Association in 1990 and promoted to the position of Senior Scientist by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2004. He has a long list of awards and honors for his work, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association and the Distinguished Statistical Ecology Award from INTERCOL (International Congress of Ecology). He has just become an elected member in the International Statistical Institute. Ken (left) is shown with Hirotugu Akaike at the 2007 Kyoto Laureate Symposium. Photo courtesy of Paul Doherty and Kate Huyvaert.
KeywordsModel Selection American Statistical Association Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method Elephant Seal Parameter Heterogeneity
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