I am a statistician by training broadly interested in the development and application of data analysis and statistical modelling methods in interdisciplinary research with a focus on the biosciences. Since July 2021 I hold a position as Senior Distinguished Researcher at the University of Girona (Spain). Previously, I was Principal Statistical Scientist at BioSS, providing statistical leadership in multi-partner interdisciplinary research for the Scottish Government’s strategic research portfolio, quantitative inputs to externally funded projects, and training to scientists.
My main methodological specialisation is in multivariate methods, particularly compositional data analysis where I have worked on methods and software for censored and missing data, the compositional formulation of statistical models, and the introduction of the methodology in varied areas of the natural and life sciences. I have been involved in varied projects including e.g. the development and optimisation of vaccines against different parasites, characterisation and control of infectious diseases, predictive modelling of livestock greenhouse gas emissions, high-throughput data processing and machine learning approaches for bacterial typing, disease diagnosis and detection of antimicrobial resistance, multivariate modelling of ecological responses to stressors in water catchments, and novel methods to investigate the interplay of time-use and lifestyle behaviours with health.