I teach undergraduate and graduate modules in statistics. A list of modules I'm teaching this academic year is given below.
I also supervise undergraduate- and taught graduate-level final year research projects. If you are a Maths and Stats student on our BSc, MMath or MSc programmes, then lists of suggested project titles will be circulated to you. I'll happily consider supervising a project of your suggestion — drop me a line if you have an idea you wish to discuss. In addition, I'm happy to supervise summer undergraduate research projects by well qualified students — again, contact me about this.
Semester 1 (Martinmas) modules
- MT4113 Computing in Statistics (co-taught with Dr. Eiren Jacobson).
The goal of this module is to teach good programming practice and computing techniques useful to statisticians. The module gives students general programming skills that should be useful in any future computing tasks, and also specific skills using the statistical language and environment R. Assessment is through a series of programming assignments and a final exam.
Semester 2 (Candlemas) modules
- MT5764 Advanced Data Analysis (co-taught with Drs. Cornelia Oedekoven and Janine Illian).
This model covers modern statistical modelling methods for situations where the data fails to meet the assumptions of common statistical models and simple remedies do not surfice. This represents a lot of real world data! Methods covered include: nonlinear models; basic splines and Generalised Additive Models; LASSO and the Elastic Net; models for non-independent errors and random effects. Pragmatic data imputation is covered with associated issues. Computer intensive inference is considered throughout. Practical applications build sought-after skills in R and the commercial package SAS.
Our research group, CREEM, organizes training workshops on various aspects of statistics and statistical ecology, aimed at academics, students and professional wildlife biologists and conservation scientists. Most of the workshops are taught in our purpose-built classroom in St Andrews, although we also organize courses worldwide on occasion. I have co-taught over 40 workshops to more than 800 people on distance sampling, estimating animal population density from passive acoustics, and statistical modelling.