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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at San Diego State University. In addition to a PhD in statistics from Colorado State University, I have a BS in Math and Physics and a Masters in Education from the University of Arizona. My primary research interests are in methodological contributions to the study of stochastic processes and networks, especially for spatio-temporal applications in ecology. I also work on developing new computational tools that provide approximate statistical inferential procedures for large data sets. My students and I make up the Toyon Statistical Lab.

If you would like to work with me, please send me an email with a brief description of your research interests. We'll set up a meeting to chat.


Williams, P. J., X. Lu, H. R. Scharf, M. B. Hooten (In review). Statistical Modeling of Asymmetry in Nature.

Boulil, Z. L.*, J. W. Durban, H. Fearnbach, T. W. Joyce, S. G. M. Leander, H. R. Scharf (2022). Detecting changes in dynamic social networks using multiply-labeled movement data. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics.

Scharf, H. R. (In Press). Local indicators of spatial association (LISA). Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online.

Scharf, H. R., X. Lu, P. J. Williams, M. B. Hooten (2022). Constructing flexible, identifiable and interpretable statistical models for binary data. International Statistical Review, 90: 328–345.

Raiho, A. M., H. R. Scharf, C. A. Roland, D. K. Swanson, S. E. Stehn, and M. B. Hooten (2022). Searching for refuge: A framework for identifying site factors conferring resistance to climate-driven vegetation change. Diversity and Distributions, 28(4), 793–809.

Scharf, H. R. A. M. Raiho, S. Pugh, C. A. Roland, D. K. Swanson, S. E. Stehn, M. B. Hooten (2021). Multivariate Bayesian clustering using covariate-informed components with application to boreal vegetation sensitivity. Biometrics, 78: 1427–1440.

Reimer, J. R., J. Arroyo-Esquivel, J. Jiang, H. R. Scharf, E. M. Wolkovich, K. Zhu, C. Boettiger (2021). Noise can create or erase long transient dynamics. Theoretical Ecology, 14: 685–695.

Scharf, H. R. (2021). Statistical analysis of animal movement: Understanding behavior through hierarchical parametric models. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 68(6), 911–924.

Scharf, H. R., F. Buderman (2020). Animal movement models for multiple individuals. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, e1506.

Scharf, H. R., M. B. Hooten, R. R. Wilson, G. M. Durner, T. C. Atwood (2019). Accounting for phenology in the analysis of animal movement. Biometrics, 75: 810–820.

Hooten, M. B, H. R. Scharf, J. M. Morales (2019). Running on empty: Recharge dynamics from animal movement data. Ecology Letters, 22, 377–389.

Hooten, M. B., H. R. Scharf, T. J. Hefley, A. T. Pearse, M. D. Weegman (2018). Animal movement models for migratory individuals and groups. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 1692–1705.

Scharf, H. R., M. B. Hooten, D. S. Johnson, J. W. Durban (2018). Process convolution approaches for modeling interacting trajectories. Environmetrics, e2487.

Scharf, H. R., M. B. Hooten, D. S. Johnson (2017). Imputation approaches for animal movement modeling. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, 22(3), 335–352.

Hefley, T. J., K. M. Broms, B. M. Brost, F. E. Buderman, S. L. Kay, H. R. Scharf, J. R. Tipton, P. J. Williams, and M. B. Hooten. (2017). The basis function approach to modeling autocorrelation in ecological data. Ecology, 98(3), 632–646. Associated Shiny Web Application.

Scharf, H. R., M. B. Hooten, B. K. Fosdick, D. S. Johnson, J. M. London, and J. W. Durban. (2016). Dynamic social networks based on movement. Annals of Applied Statistics, 10(4), 2182–2202.



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Scharf, H. R., K. Dinh* (2021). anipaths: Animation of observed trajectories using spline- or state-space model-based interpolation. R package version 0.10.1.

Movement of polar bears in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Scharf, H. R., M. B. Hooten, R. R. Wilson, G. M. Durner, T. C. Atwood (2019). Accounting for phenology in the analysis of animal movement. Biometrics, 75: 810–820.

Movement of killer whales near the Antarctic peninsula.

Scharf, H. R., M. B. Hooten, B. K. Fosdick, D. S. Johnson, J. M. London, and J. W. Durban. (2016). Dynamic social networks based on movement. Annals of Applied Statistics. 10(4), 2182–2202.

Movement of Greenland White Fronted Geese on the east coast of Ireland.

Hooten, M. B., H. R. Scharf, T. J. Hefley, A. T. Pearse, M. D. Weegman (2018). Animal movement models for migratory individuals and groups. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9, 1692–1705.


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"It's amazing how much you don't notice when you're not paying attention." --Tom Magliozzi

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