Rebecca  Hutchinson


species distribution modeling
occupancy models
quantitative ecology
Rebecca Hutchinson
Assistant Professor

I have a joint appointment with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I use my computer science background to develop models and algorithms for ecological questions.

OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Kelley Engineering Center
2051 Kelley Engineering Center
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States


Much of my work is on computational methods for species distribution modeling, in which data describing sightings of a species are combined with environmental variables to produce habitat models. I work primarily with hierarchical latent variable models that represent both ecological and observation processes.  My current research is on robust parameter estimation methods for these models and techniques for incorporating semi-parametric techniques into probabilistic models.  I am also interested in methods for analyzing species interaction networks and strategies for evaluating species distribution models.


BSE – 2002 – Computer Science Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

PhD – 2009 – Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department


Available on my research website.

Fun Fact

I enjoy hiking, knitting, and gardening.