Robert (Bob) Farmer

908-1550 Dresden Row
Halifax, NS B3J 4A2


Selected Academic Awards

Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Farmer, R. G.; Leonard, M. L.; Mills-Flemming, J. E. & Anderson, S. C. (2014). Observer aging and long-term avian survey data quality. Ecology and Evolution 14(12):2563-2576. doi:10.1002/ece3.1101. Ranked the eighth most popular article in the journal to-date (August 2014).

  2. Farmer, R. G.; Leonard, M. L. & Horn, A. G. (2012). Observer effects and avian call count survey quality: rare-species biases and overconfidence. Auk 129(1):76-86. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.11129

  3. Farmer, R. G. & Brooks, R. J. (2012). Integrated risk factors for vertebrate roadkill in southern Ontario. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi:10.1002/jwmg.358

  4. Rollinson, N. G.; Farmer, R. G. & Brooks, R. J. (2012; Cover Issue). Widespread reproductive variation in North American turtles: temperature, egg size and optimality. Zoology 115(3): 160-169. doi:10.1016/j.zool.2011.10.005

  5. Farmer, R. G. & Leonard, M. L. (2011). Long-term feeding ecology of Great Black-backed Gulls (Larus marinus) in the northwest Atlantic: 110 years of feather isotope data. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89(2): 123-133. doi:10.1139/Z10-102

  6. Anderson, S.; Farmer, R. G.; Ferretti, F.; Houde, A. & Hutchings, J. (2011). Correlates of vertebrate extinction risk in Canada. BioScience 61(7): 538-549. doi:10.1525/bio.2011.61.7.8

  7. Farmer, R. G. & Brooks, R. J. (2008). Pantherophis gloydi behavior. Herpetological Review 39(3): 356-357. (Link)

  8. Walker, M., Farmer, R. G. & Schelew, B. (submitted). Risk factors for oxygen desaturation on arrival to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

  9. Farmer, R. G. (submitted). Costs and stewardship of laboratory tests in the Capital Health District. Dalhousie Medical Journal

Other Research and Teaching (Includes Conferences)

  1. "Factors associated with decreased oxygen saturation on arrival to PACU". Platform presentation with M. Walker and Dr. Ben Schelew, Dalhousie Anesthesia Research Day, Halifax, April 4, 2014. Second prize awarded for student research.
  2. "A novel surgical approach to superior canal dehiscence". Survival and audiological data analysis with A. al Afif and Dr. Manohar Bance (abstract submitted to Canadian Society for Otolaryngology conference, Winnipeg).
  3. "Treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis from gastrointestinal cancer by cytoreduction and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in Nova Scotia: A ten year experience". Survival analysis describing local and interprovincial surgical outcomes with P. Leighton and Dr. C. Giacomantonio (in preparation).
  4. Interviewed on CBC Victoria's "On the Island" regarding detection errors in aging birdwatchers, 2014 (Link)
  5. Nova Scotia Rural Trauma Team Development Course. Participant, Middleton NS, 2014.
  6. "Medical statistics made easier: A resource for clinicians and patient care". Pamphlet and platform presentation, Dalhousie Medical School Professional Competencies conference, Halifax, March 5, 2013
  7. Interviewed on CBC Radio North's "The Trailbreaker" regarding observer error in the Christmas Bird Count, 2013 (Link)
  8. "Hearing loss and observer senescence in long-term bird survey data". Poster presentation at the North American Ornithology Conference, Vancouver, 2012
  9. Guest Lecture: "On the Importance of Pretty Graphs" (Dalhousie BIOL 3062, 2011)
  10. Guest Lecture: "Applied Behavioural Ecology" (Dalhousie BIOL 3062, 2010)
  11. Guest Lecture: "Look at your Data and Do Better Research" (Dalhousie BIOL 5062, 2009)
  12. Guest Lecture: "Linear Regression and Matrix Multiplication in R" (Dalhousie BIOL 5062, 2009)
  13. Guest Lecture: "Mixed/Hierarchical Models" (Dalhousie BIOL 5062, 2009)

Selected Community Leadership

  • Med 4 Co-President, Dalhousie Medical Students' Society, 2014-present
  • Med 3 Co-President, Dalhousie Medical Students' Society, 2013-2014
  • Doctors Nova Scotia student representative/Board member, 2012-2013
  • Secretary, Dalhousie Family Medicine Interest Group, 2012-2013
  • Secretary, Halifax County Condominium Corporation #259 ("The Martello"), 2012-2013
  • Academic Peer Review, Wildlife Research (2013), Wildlife Society Bulletin (2013), Journal of Applied Ecology (2010)
  • IT Manager, Halifax County Condominium Corporation #259 ("The Martello"), 2011-present
  • Information Technology Representative, Dalhousie Medical Students' Society, 2011-2012 (Junior) and 2012-2013 (Senior)
  • Director, Halifax County Condominium Corporation #259 ("The Martello"), 2011-2012
  • Social Coordinator I, Dalhousie University Biology Association of Graduate Students (BOGS), 2009-2010
  • Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students (DAGS) monthly trivia night host and writer, 2008-2012
  • "FISH" (Friday Informal Seminar Hour) and Social Coordinator II, Dalhousie University Biology Association of Graduate Students (BOGS), 2008-2009
  • Treasurer, Dal SCUBA, 2008-2009
  • Equipment Manager and Event Leader, McMaster Outdoor Club, 2000-2004
  • Assistant High Ropes Course Instructor, McMaster University, 2003
  • Medical Electives

    • Respirology and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Dalhousie University (pending)
    • General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto (pending)
    • Nephrology, University of British Columbia (Victoria; pending)
    • General Internal Medicine, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (November 10 to 28, 2014)
    • Gastroenterology, McMaster University (October 27 to November 7, 2014)
    • Cardiology (inpatient), University of Alberta (October 13 to October 24, 2014)
    • Cardiology (outpatient), Dalhousie University (September 29 to October 10, 2014)
    • General Internal Medicine, Dr. Stephen Workman, Halifax (July 29 to August 9, 2013)
    • Pathology, Dr. Mathieu Castonguay, Halifax (July 22 to 26, 2013)
    • General Surgery, Dr. Trevor Topp, Halifax (June 11 to 21, 2013)

    • Emergency Medicine, Dr. Chris Cox, Halifax (January-May, 2013 [weekly])
    • Emergency Medicine, Dr. Brian Lyons, Yarmouth (December 25 and 26, 2012)
    • Emergency Medicine, Drs. Brian Lyons, Lauren Maher and Winston Wertlen, Yarmouth (June 4 to 10, 2012)

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. David Rittenberg, Halifax (September-December, 2012 [weekly])
    • Anaesthesia, Dr. Konstantin Lorenz, Halifax (May 28 to June 1, 2012)
    • Gynecological Oncology, Dr. Paula Rittenberg, Halifax (May 22 to 25, 2012)
    • Psychiatry (Rural Week), Dr. Hugh Maguire, Truro (May 14 to 18, 2012)
    • Family Medicine, Dr. Amy Gillis (Farquhar), Halifax (January-May, 2012 [weekly])
    • Surgical Oncology, Dr. Geoff Porter, Halifax (September-December, 2011 [weekly])

    Selected Courses

  • Data Analysis with Generalized Additive Models, Dalhousie University (STAT 4620 AUDIT), 2008
  • Probability, Dalhousie University (STAT 3360 AUDIT), 2008
  • Regression Analysis, Dalhousie University (STAT 3340 AUDIT), 2007
  • Analysis of Biological Data, Dalhousie University (BIOL 5062), studied 2007, teaching assistant 2009
  • Experimental Design, University of Guelph (STAT 6960), 2005
  • Statistical Methods, University of Guelph (STAT 6950), 2004
  • Applied GIS, McMaster University (GEO 3I03), 2004
  • Spatial Multivariate Analysis, McMaster University (GEO 3S03), 2003
  • Interests

  • Birdwatching, hiking, canoeing, cycling, x/c skiing
  • Applied statistical computing
  • Rhyming poems, trivia