I am forever unclear about whether I am a biologist or a statistician (I think it depends on who I'm talking to). Most of my work is at the interface of the two. Fortunately for me, I am presently employed by the Academy of Finland as a research fellow, which means that I can avoid doing too much teaching.
As well as my normal research, I also run the OpenBUGS web pages, and am a founder of the Journal of Negative Results - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
I also hang around and blog at Nature Network.
I spend most of my time working on ecology and evolutionary biology, mainly statistical analyses. My areas of interest include:
More details are given here.
- Community ecology
- Evolutionary and quantitative genetics
- Population ecology
- Risk assessments for genetically modified organisms (part of the ARGUE project)
Thanks to my present position, I do not have to do any teaching. This does not totally stop me from inflicting my typos and poor sense of humour on students, and there are details of previous courses I have taught are here. I taught these courses last summer:
For a full list of publications, click here, or try the spiffy ResearcherID link:
- Kuparinen, A., Schurr, F., Tackenberg, O., O'Hara R.B., 2007. Air-mediated pollen flow from genetically modified to conventional crops -risk assessment with a mechanistic model. Ecological Applications 17: 431-440.
- Leinonen, T., O'Hara, R.B., Cano, J.M., Merilä, J., 2008. Comparative studies of quantitative trait and neutral marker divergence: A meta-analysis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21: 1-17. Link
- Mutshinda, C.M., O'Hara, R.B. and Woiwod, I.P. 2008. Species abundance dynamics under neutral assumptions: a Bayesian approach to the controversy. \Functional Ecology 22: 340-347.
- Mutshinda, C.M., O'Hara, R.B. and Woiwod, I.P. What drives community dynamics? Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, in press. Link
- O'Hara, R.B., 2005. Comparing the effects of genetic drift and fluctuating selection on genotype frequency changes in the scarlet tiger moth. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 272: 211-217.
- O'Hara R.B. 2009. Selective harvesting with equations: comment on "Should hunting mortality mimic the patterns of natural mortality?". Biology Letters. 5: 211-212. Link.
- Snäll, T., O'Hara, R.B., Ray, C., Collinge, S.K., 2008. Climate-driven spatial dynamics of plague among prairie dog colonies. American Naturalist 171: 238-248. Link