The National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE) is a joint research centre, spanning a number of institutions.  The members of the NCSE develop, apply and communicate innovative statistical methods for collecting and analysing ecological data, thereby improving the understanding and management of wildlife populations and their environment

NCSE was set up in October 2005 as a joint venture between the Universities of Kent, Cambridge and St Andrews, with funding from the EPSRC. In 2010, NCSE was expanded to include the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Glasgow and Sheffield, together with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the University of Cambridge dropped out, following departure of staff. This expansion was achieved with the aid of a new five-year joint EPSRC/NERC grant. Four further organisations were formal Project Partners: Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland; the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science; the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust; and Marine Scotland.

Since its inception the membership of NCSE has expanded to reflect the growing number of institutions and organisations that have expertise in statistical ecology. If you would like to consider joining the NCSE please get in touch!

Building on the objectives developed in the EPSRC funding bid, NCSE’s current objectives are:

• To be a Centre of international repute for the development and application of novel statistical methods in population ecology, integrating the partner Universities’ research programmes and activities in statistical ecology.

• To develop novel statistical methodology for the analysis of complex data sets arising in ecology and to apply these methods to a broad collection of topical and important data sets.

•To provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for members over all career stages to develop their knowledge and skills in the discipline of statistical ecology.

•To develop software to enable ecologists to use cutting edge statistical methodology on their own data.

•To train end-users in the use of methodology and accompanying software developed by NCSE.

•To build upon and create new collaborations with relevant stakeholders.

•To develop and deliver a programme of workshops and conferences.