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Awards / Honors

Ken Burnham awarded NISS 2013 Jerome Sacks Award for Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Research

August 23, 2013

He was selected for his outstanding and influential contributions to statistical ecology with novel methods of inference, data analysis, and computation used throughout the world.

Ken BurnhamThe National Institute of Statistical Sciences has awarded Colorado State University Emeritus Professor Ken Burnham with the prestigious 2013 Jerome Sacks Award for Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Research. The award recognizes one candidate each year.

Burnham was selected for his “outstanding and influential contributions to statistical ecology with novel methods of inference, data analysis, and computation used throughout the world.”

Burnham is an emeritus professor with CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology in the Warner College of Natural Resources and former assistant unit leader with CSU’s Colorado Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. He has worked for 41 years at the interface of statistics and wildlife-fisheries-ecology as a statistician embedded in the wildlife discipline as a collaborative team member.

Theoretical research solves real-world problems

Burnham has contributed to the scientific theory and application of capture-recapture, distance sampling methods and models, and model selection. His theoretical research has helped scientists study and address a variety of real-world environmental issues, such as endangered fish and wildlife species, marine mammal populations, and illegal killing of elephants for ivory poaching.

“Dr. Burnham continues to share his incredible knowledge and experience with so many students and scientists, and this award is a great testament to a legacy of genuine collaboration in numerous areas of applied statistical ecology,” said Kenneth Wilson, Head of CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

Burnham continues collaborate with organization and research partners who he credits with helping him achieve his recent award.

“The Jerome Sacks award is great for the profession, and I am honored and delighted to receive this award,” said Burnham. “Successful, cross-disciplinary statistical research is not possible without great long-term subject matter collaborators; I have been fortunate to have such colleagues.”

Burnham received his B.S. in biology from Portland State University in 1966, and completed his M.S. (1969) and Ph.D. (1972) in statistics at Oregon State University. Throughout his career he has worked at a variety of leading universities and government agencies, and spent 21 years with the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit before retiring as a senior scientist in 2008.

For more information on his work, please visit the Warner College website.


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