Dr. Royle is a Senior Scientist and Research Statistician at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in Laurel, MD. He has authored or co-authored 5 books and over 170 papers on statistical ecology including methodological developments and applications of statistics to problems in wildlife, ecology and natural resources. His work broadly encompasses elements of spatial statistics, hierarchical modeling and applied Bayesian analysis. His current research is focused on modeling and estimation problems related to the use of new technologies such as bioacoustics, camera trapping and non-invasive genetics to study animal populations, communities and landscapes. One area of work involves the integration of spatially explicit information into capture-recapture models in order to study spatial ecological processes such as connectivity and density.