Darcy Pickard
Darcy PickardSenior Statistician | Senior Systems Ecologist

Key skills: sampling design, design of experiment, simulation modeling, data analysis, and workshop facilitation.

Darcy is a Professional Statistician with over 15 years of applied statistical experience including, 10 years applying statistical methods to ecological problems. She holds a B.Sc. in Statistics, minor in Ecology and a M.Sc. in Statistics from Simon Fraser University. Darcy has worked on a range of research projects involving study design, data analysis and simulation modeling, in British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, New York, Oregon and California. She is currently engaged on a series of projects for the Pacific Salmon Foundation to improve the technical foundation for implementing Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy in the Skeena Watershed.  Other analytical projects have involved: guidance for Wildlife Habitat Area effectiveness monitoring in BC, analysis of before after control impact data to inform decisions regarding the re-introduction of sockeye to the Coquitlam reservoir, developing fractional factorial designs to improve the efficiency of large fire management simulations, numerous fish related analyses (e.g. redd datasets, habitat suitability modeling, smolt outmigrant monitoring etc), and a simulation study to evaluate alternative monitoring plans for salmonids in the Columbia River Basin. She has helped to facilitate two large multi-year and multi-objective monitoring design projects: the Collaborative Systemwide Monitoring and Evaluation Project in the Columbia River Basin, and the Trinity River Restoration Program in California. Darcy enjoys working with people and helping to bridge the gap between biologists and statisticians. She believes it is very important to understand the data first hand and makes it a priority to get out in the field and get her hands dirty. In addition to her statistical expertise and facilitation experience, Darcy is educated in ecology and field techniques making her uniquely suited to integrate between the two domains.

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