Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Laura Cowen

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
University of Victoria
Tel: 250-721-6152

CSDE Research Areas:

  • Demographic Measurements and Methods
  • Health of People and Populations

Laura Cowen’s research involves the theory and applications of capture-recapture studies. It encompasses applied statistics, bayesian methods and applications, conservation ecology, ecological modeling, fisheries modelling, modeling, and statistical ecology.

Capture-recapture is interdisciplinary by nature as it is primarily used in biology and fishery studies, however it also has applications in epidemiology. She also collaborates with other scientists (ecologists, fisheries scientists, and astrophysicists) in general to work on various scientific studies.

Estimating the number of injection drug users in Victoria will help the Vancouver Island Health Authority know how big a problem they are dealing with. Injection drug use is coupled with both HIV and Hepatitis C transmission. Estimating both the disease transmission rates and the number of injection drug users will aid mathematical modelers to determine possible outlooks for Victoria.