Jon previously worked as a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University, before joining Cefas in 2002. He has a particular interest in designing monitoring surveys and has developed an R-library Emon to make this easier for scientists. He has given recent courses on statistical methods in marine science to scientists at both the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Natural England (NE).
Jon is an author of over 75 peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of topics in ecology and environmental science. He is particularly interested in measuring biodiversity in benthic surveys and in statistical aspects of video surveys. In environmental science, he is currently looking into how eutrophication data can be combined from several different sources (e.g. gliders, smart buoys, remote sensing).
Jon is active in the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (http://ncse.org.uk/) and was the main organiser of the 2013 workshop at Lowestoft. Jon is a good public speaker and has recently given seminars at the universities of Exeter, Sheffield and Lancaster.
Jon is a referee for a number of academic journals including the Royal Statistical Society. He has also refereed Defra reports and advised both NE and the JNCC on statistical aspects of monitoring.
Jon recently produced a report and statistics for the MSFD seabed litter indicator. He also did power studies to assess the adequacy of the current sampling programmes to assess trends. He has previously completed power studies for beach litter collection for OSPAR and the Marine Conservation Society. Jon is about to begin on a programme to evaluate the UK’s monitoring of heavy metals, PAHs and other pollutants.
Research Publications: Google Scholar, ResearchGate