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Julie Yee

Dr. Julie Yee is a Research Statistician with the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC). 

Since 1997, she has used statistics and biometry for WERC to quantitatively analyze and interpret a variety of aspects of wildlife and plant population dynamics, such as recruitment, growth, survival, and wildlife movement.  Her research has been applied to study the effects of renewable energy, contaminants, fire, and other influences on wildlife populations and ecosystems.  She is currently a PI at the Santa Cruz field station where she supervises continued work on sea otter and nearshore research. 



  • Frequentist and Bayesian statistical analysis
  • Survival analysis
  • Population dynamics
  • Mark-recapture
  • State-space modeling
  • Integrated population modeling
  • High performance computing



  • Ph.D., 1997, Statistics with Emphasis in Biostatistics, University of California, Davis.
    • Dissertation Title:  Asymptotic Approximations to Bayesian Posterior Distributions in Survival Problems with Incomplete Data
  • M.S., 1993, Statistics, University of California, Davis
  • B.S., 1991, Mathematics, California Institute of Technology