Hello, WildLabs community!
I'm currently a Ph.D. student in statistical physics at Virginia Tech, but I am contemplating a shift to a pure and applied statistics Master's program to focus more on real data and solving timely environmental issues. I aim to contribute to wildlife conservation efforts, especially fisheries and forest conservation. I'm also highly interested in behavior change and economics-based approaches to conservation.
I'm interested in understanding the community's perspective on the importance of statisticians in conservation. Are you finding a need for individuals who can delve into the data, make sense of it, and draw meaningful conclusions? How essential do you find statistical models, inference, and robust data analysis in your work?
Is there a significant demand for these skills, or do you feel that most conservationists have a good grasp of the necessary statistics? I would appreciate any insights, as this information will help me decide on the next steps in my educational journey.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your responses!