Rahel Sollmann

Assistant Professor
Office: 1075 Academic Surge
Phone: 530-752-1437
Email: rsollmann@ucdavis.edu


Understanding how environmental parameters influence demography, habitat use and distribution of species and communities, and how anthropogenic impacts interact with these processes, is crucial to inform wildlife management and conservation. To generate this understanding, we need models that accurately describe ecological processes, and that disentangle true signals from sampling error to make reliable inference. My work is centered on the development and application of such methods, with special emphasis on statistical models that address common issues in wildlife research such as sparse data or imperfect observation processes.

Education and Experience:

  • “Diplom” Biology, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany, 2006

  • Ph.D. Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2011

Selected Publications:

  • Sollmann, R., Gardner, B., Williams, K.A., Gilbert, A.T., Veit, R.R. 2016. A community distance sampling model to investigate the abundance and distribution of seabirds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, in press.

  • Sollmann, R., Gardner, B., Royle, J.A., Chandler, R.B., Sillett, S. 2015. An open population hierarchical distance sampling model. Ecology 96: 325-331.

  • Royle, A.J., Chandler, R.B., Sollmann, R., Gardner, B. 2014. Spatial Capture Recapture. Academic Press, Waltham, MA.

  • Sollmann, R., Gardner, B., Chandler, R.B., Shindle, D., Onorato, D.P., Royle, J.A., O’Connell, A.F. 2013. Using multiple data sources provides density estimates for endangered Florida panther. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 961-968.

  • Sollmann, R., Gardner, B., Parsons, A.W., Stocking, J.J., McClintock, B.T., Simons, T.R., Pollock, K.H., and O’Connell, A.F. 2013. A spatial mark-resight model augmented with telemetry data. Ecology 94: 553-559.

  • Sollmann, R., Mohamed, A., Samejima, H., Wilting, A., 2013. Risky business or simple solution–Relative abundance indices from camera-trapping. Biological Conservation 159: 405–412.

  • Sollmann, R., Furtado, M.M., Gardner, B., Hofer, H., Jácomo, A.T.A., Tôrres, N.M., Silveira, L. 2011. Improving density estimates for elusive carnivores: accounting for sex-specific detection and movements using spatial capture-recapture models for jaguars in central Brazil. Biological Conservation 144: 1017-1024.