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David R. Roberts
Biometrician / Quantitative Ecologist


EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Conservation Biology
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 2007-2013
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Geography
    University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, 2000-2004
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History
    University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, 2000-2004)
  • Arts & Sciences Diploma (Honours)
    Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta, 1996-2000)

EMPLOYMENT

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary (Feb 2017 – Present)
    In my current recent research position at the Arctic Institute of North America / Dept. of Geography, I am developing a variety of data sets from the Kluane Lake Research Station in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Part of this research involves setting up new climate monitoring stations near Kluane Lake, as well as developing a variety of environmental analyses based on climate data, such as lake ice phenology and northern species habitat models.
  • Environmental & Academic Consulting, Self-Employed (2012 – Present)
    I currently work full time (and have worked casually in the past) as an environmental and academic subcontractor. I perform data analysis, data presentation, and scientific writing for academic publications as well as environmental reports. I also have fieldwork experience in remote locations, including winter wildlife surveys (snow tracking).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Dec 2014 – Sep 2016)
    My research in Germany focused largely on statistical methodology and specifically on predictive model validation. I also investigated risks to natural and managed tree populations from climate change using growth data from genetic field trials of North American species planted in Europe.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, Edmonton (May 2013 – Nov 2014)
    My postdoctoral research at the UofA involved a breadth of research in the area of climate change and forest ecology for management and conservation, particularly in relation to forest genetic resources. I also developed landscape-level climate and climate change risk assessment algorithms.
  • Land Survey & Drafting, Crape Geomatics Corp., Calgary (2004 – 2007)
    Between my undergraduate and graduate programs, I worked professionally at a resource development subcontractor, spending six months in the field performing land surveys, then over two years drafting well site and pipeline plans as well as project mapping for corporate clients.

TEACHING

Course Instruction:

  • Waldwachstum und Inventuren [Forest Growth & Inventories] (2015 upcoming)
    Responsible for the forest inventory module of this course, in collaboration with German forestry officials.
  • Biometrics & experimental design for the environmental sciences (2011)
    An intensive statistics course, delivered mostly to graduate students, covering data management and analysis in R and SAS. For this course, I was nominated for a university-wide Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Teaching Assistance:

  • Advanced multivariate statistical methods (2011)
  • Biometrics & experimental design for the environmental sciences (2010 & 2012)
    Three-time nominee and twice winner of a faculty-wide Student Teaching Assistance Award.

SELECTED AWARDS

  • 2015/16 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (64,000€)
    Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research
  • 2011/12 NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (CAD$42,000)
    National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • 2011/12 Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship (CAD$20,000)
    Government of Alberta
  • 2011/12 President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (CAD$15,700)
    University of Alberta, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
  • 2010 Graduate Citizenship Award (Non-monetary)
    University of Alberta Graduate Students Association
  • 2008 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship (CAD$10,000)
    University of Alberta, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
  • 2008 Advanced Education and Technology Graduate Scholarship (CAD$3,000)
    Government of Alberta

SCIENTIFIC SERVICE

  • 2016: Research supervision at the University of Freiburg, supervising Bachelor’s Thesis research.
  • 2012: Data analysis for NatureServe species risk assessments, preparing GIS and remote sensing data for online presentation, via the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI).
  • 2010-2011: Conference planning committee chair for the CONFOR West 2011 Conference
  • 2010-2011: Steering committee member for the 2011 Japan/Canada Consortium, through the Prince Takamado Japan Centre, Faculty of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
  • 2010: Field research assistant for Dr. Shawn Marshall (University of Calgary) performing weather station maintenance and snow profiles at the Kwadacha Glacier, British Columbia
  • Regular peer reviewer for a wide breadth of academic journals, including Climatic Change, Ecology & Evolution, Global Ecology & Biogeography, Molecular Ecology, PLOS One, etc.

COMMUNITY

  • Foothills Orienteering Club: youth orienteering coach and event planner (2017)
  • XCX Cyclocross Marathon: event director and race planner (2017)
  • SOGO Youth Adventure Running: head coach and program coordinator (2016)
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    Canmore Nordic Centre: biathlon range safety officer (2014-15)

  • Rundle Mountain Cycling Club: youth cycling coach (2013–15)
  • Hardcore Bikes Cycling Club, Fiera Race Team: cycling event planner (2008–15)
  • U. of Alberta Triathlon Club: President (2010-11), Head Coach (2009-10), Cycling Coach (2008-09, 2011-13)
  • Nellie McClung Program: Student Science Fair Advisor, Oliver Jr and Sr High School, Edmonton (2009)
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Association: Graduate Student Councillor (2007-2008)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Adventure Medic (40-hr Backcountry First-Aid)
  • Glacier Travel / Crevasse Rescue
  • Unrestricted Firearms Safety (PAL)
  • NCCP Coaching for triathlon, cycling, orienteering

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Roberts et al. (2017) “Cross-validation strategies for data with temporal, spatial, hierarchical, or phylogenetic structure.” Ecography, in press.
  • Roberts & Hamann (2016) “Climate refugia and migration requirement in complex landscapes.” Ecography, 39: 1238-1246.
  • Carroll et al. (2015) “Biotic and climatic velocity identify contrasting areas of vulnerability to climate change.” PLoS One, 10(10): e0140486.
  • Roberts & Hamann (2015) “Glacial refugia and modern genetic diversity of western North American tree species.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 282: 1804.
  • Hamann et al. (2015) “Velocity of climate change algorithms for guiding conservation and management.” Global Change Biology, 21: 997-1004.
  • Isaac-Renton et al. (2014) “Douglas-fir plantations in Europe: a retrospective test of assisted migration to address climate change.” Global Change Biology, 20: 2607-2617.
  • Roberts & Hamann (2012) “Predicting potential climate change impacts with bioclimate envelope models: a palaeoecological perspective.” Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21(2): 121-133.
  • Roberts & Hamann (2012) “Method selection for species distribution modelling: are temporally or spatially independent evaluations necessary?” Ecography, 35: 792-802.

For a complete list of publications, see my Contributions page or Google Scholar.

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