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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

  • Donahue, K., Klaas, C., Dillingham, P. W., & Hoffmann, L. J. (2019). Combined effects of ocean acidification and increased light intensity on natural phytoplankton communities from two Southern Ocean water masses. Journal of Plankton Research, 41(1), 30-45. doi: 10.1093/plankt/fby048
  • Zeng, J., Fletcher, D., Dillingham, P. W., & Cornwall, C. E. (2019). Studentized bootstrap model-averaged tail area intervals. PLoS ONE, 14(3), e0213715. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213715
  • 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
  • Dillingham, P., McGraw, C., Radu, A., & Alsaedi, B. (2018). ISEtools: Tools for Ion Selective Electrodes Computer Software. Duendin, New Zealand: University of Otago. Retrieved from