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Peter Whigham

BSc(Hons)(ANU), PhD(NSW)

Position
Associate Professor
Room
Peter is on Research and Study Leave until February 2018,
Email
peter.whigham@otago.ac.nz
Recipient of
Teaching Awards and Supervisor Awards
Supervising
Valentin Kiselev, Harry Peyhani, Mahsa Toorchi
Co-supervising
Luke Easton, Saeed Rahimi
Papers
2017 FY: INFO501, INFO580
2018 S1: INFO424
Research group
Data Science

Associate Professor Peter A Whigham is Director of the Spatial Information Research Centre (SIRC) and actively pursues research interests in spatial modelling, theoretical population genetics and evolutionary computation models. Dr Whigham’s interests include many aspects of spatial research including the use of machine learning techniques for modelling spatio-temporal patterns and the use of spatial systems for modelling ecological behaviour, aspects of public health and theoretical population genetics. He also performs basic research in the field of evolutionary computation, especially genetic programming. His teaching interests include spatial modelling and analysis, intelligent information systems and applied ecology. Current PhD students are performing research in ecology, new forms of information systems and financial modelling.

Publications

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Maclaurin, J. (2017). Just because it works: A response to comments on "On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms". Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10710-017-9289-9

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Maclaurin, J. (2017). On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 18(3), 353-361. doi: 10.1007/s10710-017-9288-x

Easton, L. J., Rawlence, N. J., Worthy, T. H., Tennyson, A. J. D., Scofield, R. P., Easton, C. J., … Whigham, P. A., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Bishop, P. J. (2017). Testing species limits of New Zealand’s leiopelmatid frogs through morphometric analyses. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx080

Whigham, P. A., de Graaf, B., Srivastava, R., & Glue, P. (2016). Managing distance and covariate information with point-based clustering. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16(1), 115. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0218-z

Easton, L. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Bishop, P. J. (2016). Habitat suitability and requirements for a threatened New Zealand amphibian. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1071

Chapter in Book - Research

Dick, G., & Whigham, P. A. (2008). A weighted local sharing technique for multimodal optimisation. In X. Li & et al (Eds.), Simulated evolution and learning: Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 5361). (pp. 452-461). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Whigham, P. A. (2005). Applying case-based reasoning to explore freshwater phytoplankton dynamics. In S. Lek, M. Scardi, P. F. M. Verdonschot, J.-P. Descy & Y.-S. Park (Eds.), Modelling community structure in freshwater ecosystems. (pp. 263-272). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Whigham, P., & Fogel, G. (2002). Ecological applications of evolutionary algorithms. In F. Recknagel (Ed.), Ecological Informatics: Understanding Ecology by Biologically Inspired Computation. (N/A ed.) (pp. 49-72). New York: Springer Verlag.

Whigham, P., & Crapper, P. F. (1999). Time series modelling using genetic programming: an application to rainfall-runoff models. In L. Spector, W. B. Langdon, U. O'Reilly & P. J. Angeline (Eds.), Advances in Genetic Programming 3. (pp. 89-104). Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Maclaurin, J. (2017). Just because it works: A response to comments on "On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms". Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10710-017-9289-9

Easton, L. J., Rawlence, N. J., Worthy, T. H., Tennyson, A. J. D., Scofield, R. P., Easton, C. J., … Whigham, P. A., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Bishop, P. J. (2017). Testing species limits of New Zealand’s leiopelmatid frogs through morphometric analyses. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx080

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Maclaurin, J. (2017). On the mapping of genotype to phenotype in evolutionary algorithms. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 18(3), 353-361. doi: 10.1007/s10710-017-9288-x

Whigham, P. A., de Graaf, B., Srivastava, R., & Glue, P. (2016). Managing distance and covariate information with point-based clustering. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16(1), 115. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0218-z

Easton, L. J., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Bishop, P. J. (2016). Habitat suitability and requirements for a threatened New Zealand amphibian. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.1071

Whigham, P. A., Dick, G., & Parry, M. (2016). Network rewiring dynamics with convergence towards a star network. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 472(2194), 20160236. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0236

Nielsen, J. A., Frew, R. D., Whigham, P. A., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2016). Thyme travels: 15N isoscapes of Thymus vulgaris L. invasion in lightly grazed pastoral communities. Austral Ecology, 41(1), 28-39. doi: 10.1111/aec.12284

Mark, A. F., Molau, U., Whigham, P., Little, L., & Nielsen, J. (2016). Periglacial tarn on the Rock and Pillar Range crest, south-central South Island, New Zealand, and its surrounding snowbank community. Austral Ecology, 41(3), 282-290. doi: 10.1111/aec.12310

Nielsen, J. A., Frew, R. D., Whigham, P. A., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). Germination and growth responses of co-occurring grass species to soil from under invasive Thymus vulgaris. Allelopathy, 35(1), 139-152.

Nielsen, J. A., Whigham, P. A., Frew, R. D., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). Thyme and space invasion: Thymus vulgaris decreases exotic plant species diversity in Central Otago, New Zealand. Biological Invasions, 17(8), 2261-2274. doi: 10.1007/s10530-015-0872-9

Whigham, P. A., Owen, C. A., & MacDonell, S. G. (2015). A baseline model for software effort estimation. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering & Methodology, 24(3), 20. doi: 10.1145/2738037

Cranston, B. H., Monks, A., Whigham, P. A., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2015). Variation and response to experimental warming in a New Zealand cushion plant species. Austral Ecology, 40, 642-650. doi: 10.1111/aec.12231

Nielsen, J. A., Frew, R. D., Whigham, P. A., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2014). Thyme invasion and soil properties in the Central Otago region of New Zealand. Geoderma Regional, 1, 48-58. doi: 10.1016/j.geodrs.2014.08.002

Harris, K. M., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Whigham, P. A. (2014). Functional connectivity and matrix quality: Network analysis for a critically endangered New Zealand lizard. Landscape Ecology, 29(1), 41-53. doi: 10.1007/s10980-013-9967-9

Nielsen, J. A., Whigham, P. A., Frew, R. D., Callaway, R. M., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2014). Invasion essentials: Does secondary chemistry plasticity contribute to the invasiveness of Thymus vulgaris L.? Chemoecology, 24(1), 15-27. doi: 10.1007/s00049-013-0142-1

Withanawasam, R. M., Whigham, P. A., & Crack, T. F. (2013). Characterizing limit order prices. Physica A, 392(21), 5346-5355. doi: 10.1016/j.physa.2013.06.060

Gebauer, K., Dickinson, K. J. M., Whigham, P. A., & Seddon, P. J. (2013). Matrix matters: Differences of grand skink metapopulation parameters in native tussock grasslands and exotic pasture grasslands. PLoS ONE, 8(10), e76076. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076076

Mark, A. F., & Whigham, P. A. (2011). Disturbance-induced changes in a high-alpine cushionfield community, south-central New Zealand. Austral Ecology, 36(5), 581-592. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02193.x

Dick, G., & Whigham, P. A. (2011). Weighted local sharing and local clearing for multimodal optimisation. Soft Computing, 15, 1707-1721. doi: 10.1007/s00500-010-0612-0

McKay, R. I., Hoai, N. X., Whigham, P. A., Shan, Y., & O'Neill, M. (2010). Grammar-based genetic programming: A survey. Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, 11, 365-396. doi: 10.1007/s10710-010-9109-y

Whigham, P. A., & Dick, G. (2010). Implicitly controlling bloat in genetic programming. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 14(2), 173-190. doi: 10.1109/tevc.2009.2027314

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