Miguel de Jesus Gomez Garcia

Non parametric models for the study of marine ecosystems
A photo of Marine Biology phd student Miguel de Jesus Gomez Garcia. He's wearing diving gear and behind him is a sunken wreck.

Biological Sciences: Marine Biology - PhD
Email address: Miguel.GomezGarcia@unh.edu

Advisor: Dr. Easton White; advisor's website

I decided to pursue my Ph.D. based on my experiences of earning my master's degree and working as a data analyst for a marine conservation nonprofit in Mexico. I believe that modern quantitative methods can significantly enhance our comprehension of ecosystems and help address complex conservation and management questions that have proved challenging thus far. Non-parametric tools, such as Markov chains and Bayesian statistics, offer versatile applications, spanning from analyzing animal behavior to population studies and conservation decision-making. My research centers on using these tools in datasets from endangered pelagic species to better understand them and support their conservation and management.