Yvan Richard, PhD

Yvan is an ecologist who specialises in using statistical computing software to solve complex problems in ecology and natural language processing.

At Dragonfly, Yvan has focussed on seabird bycatch issues, leading the development of a seabird risk assessment that studies the interactions between fisheries and all of New Zealand's seabirds in a consistent framework. This risk assessment is used by the Ministry for Primary Industries as a foundation for their management of seabird bycatch.

The techniques and methods he learned from work in ecology (including Bayesian analysis, and machine learning, spatial analysis, and capture-recapture models) translate perfectly into other contexts, such as business and government. Yvan’s expertise with R (a software environment for statistical computing and graphics) is particularly sought after to display information simply and beautifully.

Raised in France, Yvan moved to New Zealand in 2002 to study for a PhD and postdoc in ecology at Massey University, using North Island robins to study habitat fragmentation. He joined Dragonfly in 2010.

With the collection of bright minds and different skills at Dragonfly, we work together to crack what can seem like impossible problems, turning data into a meaningful story that directly informs action. We are constantly pushing the boundaries.

Selected publications

Richard, Y., & Abraham, E. R. (2013). Risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabird populations. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 109. 58 p. Retrieved from http://www.mpi.govt.nz/document-vault/4265

Richard, Y., Perriman, L., Lalas, C., & Abraham, E. R. (2014). Demographic rates of northern royal albatross at Taiaroa Head, New Zealand. PeerJ Preprints. doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.712v1