Dr Wade Blanchard

Senior Research Statistician

Dr. Wade Blanchard received his undergraduate degree in Statistics from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1990, a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993 and his PhD in statistics from Dalhousie in 2011.  

He worked as a statistical consultant at Dalhousie University from 1991 through to 2011 working on projects from a variety of disciplines including medicine, nursing, oceanography, biology, marine biology and marine ecology. His PhD focused on statistical aspects of estimating diets of marine predators.

After completing his PhD in 2011, Dr Blanchard started with the Conservation and Landscape Ecology group headed by Professor David Lindenmayer where he is responsible for analysing data from several long-term ecological monitoring programs. He also provides statistical advice to the Conservation and Landscape Ecology members, both students and post-doc's.

Research interests

  • Bayesian Inference
  • Multi-level statistical models.
  • Beggs, R., Tulloch, A.I.T., Pierson, J., Blanchard, W., Crane, M. and Lindenmayer, D.B. (2019). Patch-scale culls of an overabundant bird defeated by immediate recolonization. Ecological Applications, doi:10.1002/eap.1846.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Blanchard, W., Westgate, M.J., Foster, C., Banks, S.C., Barton, P.S., Crane, M., Ikin. K. and Scheele, B.C. (2019). Novel bird responses to successive, large-scale, landscape transformations. Ecological Monographs, doi:10.1002/ecm.1362.
  • Beggs, R., Pierson, J., Tulloch, A.I.T., Blanchard, W., Westgate, M.J. and Lindenmayer, D.B. (2019). An experimental test of the compensatory nest predation model following lethal control of an overabundant native species. Biological Conservation, 231, 122-132.
  • Michael, D.R., Blanchard, W., Scheele, B.C. and Lindenmayer, D.B. (2019). Comparative use of active searches and artificial refuges to detect amphibians in terrestrial environments. Austral Ecology, 44, 327-338.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Blanchard, W., Blair, D. and McBurney, L. (2018). The road to oblivion – quantifying pathways in the decline of large old trees. Forest Ecology and Management, 430, 259-264.
  • Ng, K., Barton, P.S.,Blanchard, W., Evans, M.J., Lindenmayer, D.B., Macfadyen, S., McIntyre, S. and Driscoll, D.A. (2018). Disentangling the effects of farmland use, habitat edges, and vegetation structure on ground beetle morphological traits. Oecologia,18(3), 645-657.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Blanchard, W., Crane, M., Michael, D. and Florance, D. (2018). Size or quality. What matters in vegetation restoration for bird biodiversity in endangered temperate woodlands? Austral Ecology, 43, 798-806
  • Michael, D, Florance, D, Crane, M et al 2018, 'Barking up the right tree: Comparative use of arboreal and terrestrial artificial refuges to survey reptiles in temperate eucalypt woodlands', Wildlife Research, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 185-192.
  • Ng, K, Barton, P, Blanchard, W et al 2018, 'Disentangling the effects of farmland use, habitat edges, and vegetation structure on ground beetle morphological traits', Oecologia, vol. Online, pp. 1-13.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, Crane, M et al 2018, 'Biodiversity benefits of vegetation restoration are undermined by livestock grazing', Restoration Ecology, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1157-1164.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, Blair, D et al 2018, 'The road to oblivion - Quantifying pathways in the decline of large old trees', Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 430, pp. 259-264.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, Crane, M et al 2018, 'Size or quality. What matters in vegetation restoration for bird biodiversity in endangered temperate woodlands?', Austral Ecology, vol. 43, no. 7, pp. 798-806pp.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, Blair, D et al 2018, 'Empirical relationships between tree fall and landscape-level amounts of logging and fire', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 13, no. 2, e0193132.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, Blair, D et al 2017, 'Relationships between tree size and occupancy by cavity-dependent arboreal marsupials', Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 391, pp. 221-229.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Crane, M, Evans, M et al 2017, 'The anatomy of a failed offset', Biological Conservation, vol. 210, no. -, pp. 286-292.
  • Foster, C, Barton, P, MacGregor, C et al 2017, 'Effects of fire regime on plant species richness and composition differ among forest,woodland and heath vegetation', Applied Vegetation Science, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 132-143.
  • Blair, D, Blanchard, W, Banks, S et al 2017, 'Non-linear growth in tree ferns, Dicksonia antarctica and Cyathea australis', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 1-15.
  • Smith, A, Blanchard, W, Blair, D et al 2016, 'The dynamic regeneration niche of a forest following a rare disturbance event', Diversity and Distributions, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 457-467.
  • Villasenor, N, Blanchard, W & Lindenmayer, D 2016, 'Decline of forest structural elements across forest urban interfaces is stronger with high rather than low residential density', Basic and Applied Ecology, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 418-427.
  • Blair, D, McBurney, L, Blanchard, W et al 2016, 'Disturbance gradient shows logging affects plant functional groups more than fire', Ecological Applications, 26, 2280-2301.
  • Guru, S, Hanigan, I, Nguyen, H et al 2016, 'Development of a cloud-based platform for reproducible science: A case study of an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Assessment', Ecological Informatics, 36, 221-230.
  • Kay, G, Barton, P, Driscoll, D et al 2016, 'Incorporating regional-scale ecological knowledge to improve the effectiveness of large-scale conservation programmes', Animal Conservation, 19, 515-525.
  • Kay, G, Barton, P, Driscoll, D et al 2016, Incorporating regional-scale ecological knowledge to improve the effectiveness of large-scale conservation programmes. Animal Conservation, 19, 515-525.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, Blair, D et al 2016, 'Environmental and human drivers influencing large old tree abundance in Australian wet forests', Forest Ecology and Management, 372, 226-235.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, MacGregor, C et al 2016, 'Temporal trends in mammal responses to fire reveals the complex effects of fire regime attributes', Ecological Applications, 26(2), 557-573.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Crane, M, Blanchard, W et al. 2015. Do nest boxes in restored woodlands promote the conservation of hollow-dependent fauna?. Restoration Ecology, 24, 244-251.
  • Berry, L, Driscoll, D, Stein, J et al 2015, 'Identifying the location of fire refuges in wet forest ecosystems', Ecological Applications, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 2337-2348.
  • Villasenor, N, Blanchard, W, Driscoll, D et al 2015, 'Strong influence of local habitat structure on mammals reveals mismatch with edge effects models', Landscape Ecology, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 229-245.
  • Burns, E, Lindenmayer, D, Stein, J et al 2015, 'Ecosystem assessment of mountain ash forest in the Central Highlands of Victoria, south-eastern Australia', Austral Ecology, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 386-399.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Welsh, A, Blanchard, W et al 2015, 'Exploring co-occurrence of closely-related guild members in a fragmented landscape subject to rapid transformation', Ecography, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 251-260.
  • Lindenmayer, D., Blanchard, W., Tennant, P., Barton, P., Ikin, K., Mortelliti, A., Okada, S., Crane, M. & Michael, D. (2015). Richness is not all: how changes in avian functional diversity reflect major landscape modification caused by pine plantations. Diversity and Distributions, 21, 836–847.
  • Stirnemann, I., Ikin, K., Gibbons, P., Blanchard, W. & Lindenmayer, D. (2015). Measuring habitat heterogeneity reveals new insights into bird community composition. Oecologia, 177, 733–746.
  • Smith, A, Blair, D, McBurney, L et al 2014, 'Dominant Drivers of Seedling Establishment in a Fire-Dependent Obligate Seeder: Climate or Fire Regimes?', Ecosystems, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 258-270.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, McBurney, L et al 2014, 'Complex responses of birds to landscape- level fire extent, fire severity and environmental drivers', Diversity and Distributions, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 467-477.
  • Lane, P, Lindenmayer, D, Barton, P et al 2014, 'Visualization of species pairwise associations: A case study of surrogacy in bird assemblages', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 4, no. 16, pp. 3279-3289.
  • Le Roux, D.S., Ikin, K., Lindenmayer, D.B., Blanchard, W., Manning, A.D. & Gibbons, P. (2014). Reduced availability of habitat structures in urban landscapes: Implications for policy and practice. Landscape and Urban Planning, 125, 57-64.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., Laurance, W.F., Franklin, J.F., Likens, G.E., Banks, S.C., Blanchard, W., Gibbons, P., Ikin, K., Blair, D., McBurney, L., Manning, A.D. & Stein, J.A.R. (2014). New policies for old trees: averting a global crisis in a keystone ecological structure. Conservation Letters, 7, 61-69.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, McBurney, L et al 2013, 'Fire severity and landscape context effects on arboreal marsupials', Biological Conservation, vol. 167, pp. 137-148.
  • Baillie, S, Gudex-Cross, D, Barraclough, R et al 2012, 'Patterns in avian malaria at founder and source populations of an endemic New Zealand passerine', Parasitology Research, vol. 111, no. 5, pp. 2077-2089.
  • Lindenmayer, D, Blanchard, W, McBurney, L et al 2012, 'Interacting Factors Driving a Major Loss of Large Trees with Cavities in a Forest Ecosystem', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 7, no. 10, pp. e41864-e41864.