About

Carla Ewels is a Lecturer in statistics/data sciences at James Cook University. She received her doctoral in statistics from the Queensland University of Technology supervised by the Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen. Carla has strong interests in statistical modelling and methods, particularly in the Bayeisan framework. These include, but are not limited to, modelling of complex systems, Bayesian temporal and spatial models, model comparisons, classification, clustering, analysis of big data and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. She is especially interested in applying statistics to real problems. To date, she has worked in the field of marine and medical research, genetics, agriculture and fisheries.

Teaching
  • MA2405: Advanced Statistical Modelling (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • MA3405: Statistical Data Mining for Big Data (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • MA3831: Natural Language Processing, Web Scraping and Large Data Processing (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • MA5405: Data Mining (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC2209: Quantitative Methods in Science-Advanced (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Statistical modelling and methods
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Real world data
  • Uncertainty
  • Data sciences
  • Model and variable selection
Teaching
  • Statistics
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Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Crown-of-Thorns Control Innovation Program (CCIP)

Crown-of-thorns starfish control innovation program ? Feasibility and Design Phase (Phase 1)

Indicative Funding
$346,700 over 1 year
Summary
Recognising that manual control of COTS during outbreaks is not, on its own, an ideal long-term solution, new efforts were launched in 2016 to develop an Integrated Pest Management approach for COTS (as part of the National Environmental Science Program), led by CSIRO and involving numerous partners. This approach relies on understanding COTS distribution, movement and population dynamics, targeting critical locations and exploring new and more effective control methods. This involves both improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the current methods while also focusing efforts to better understand and manage the pre-conditioning and initiation of outbreaks. A Feasibility and Design Phase (Phase 1) is focused on assessing the feasibility (technical, social and regulatory) and modelling the benefit (impact) at scale of a broad range of possible improvements and interventions. Applying a transparent and consistent scientific framework, this Phase will lead to recommendations on priority areas that should be further investigated and developed
Investigators
Morgan Pratchett, Damien Burrows, Ciemon Caballes, Stewart Lockie and Carla Ewels (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, College of Science & Engineering and Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Coral Reef; acanthaster spp; Management; Disturbance; Monitoring
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  • Parallel and Scalable Neural Network Algorithms (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Using Weather Radars to Inform Data-Driven Irrigation Practices (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Dynamic and stochastic vehicle routing for autonomous weed control. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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