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Department of Mathematics & Statistics
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Professor Robert Aldred

(PhD Melbourne)

Graph theory and combinatorics.
Research interests and publications 

Office: 211A
Phone: 479-7766
Email: raldred@maths.otago.ac.nz        
** Head of Department **

Academic Statistics Staff



 

Professor David Bryant



Applications of mathematics and statistics to evolutionary biology and genetics
Research interests and publications 

Office: 232A
Phone: 479-7889
Email: dbryant@maths.otago.ac.nz        
** Director of Computational Modelling (COMO) **

Dr Austina Clark

(PhD Otago)

Design and analysis of experiments, population estimation.
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 117
Phone: 479-7757
Email: aclark@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Tilman Davies

(PhD Massey)

Kernel smoothing, applied point process modelling, computational statistics, geographical epidemiology
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 222
Phone: 479-7772
Email: tdavies@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Peter Dillingham

(PhD Otago)

Ecological, Environmental, and Bayesian Statistics
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 516
Phone: 479-5971
Email: dillingh@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Megan Drysdale

(BSc BA PGDipAppStat)

Teaching Fellow

Office: Science III, room 232
Phone: 479 7774
Email: mdrysdale@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Murray Efford

(D.Phil. Oxon.)

Statistical ecology - honorary senior lecturer
Research interests and publications 

Phone: 476 4668
Email: murray.efford@otago.ac.nz        

Associate Professor David Fletcher

(PhD Southampton)

Applied statistics, statistical ecology.
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 515
Phone: 5115
Email: dfletcher@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Associate Professor John Harraway

(MSc Otago)

Applied statistics, statistics education.
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 238
Phone: 479-7782
Email: jharraway@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Chuen Yen Hong





Email: chong@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Mr Tim Jowett

(MSc Otago)

Statistical consultant

Office: Science III, room 234
Phone: 7776
Email: tjowett@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Matthew Parry

(PhD Brown)

Decision theory and information geometry, epidemiology, spatiotemporal processes, cosmology, and quantum statistical mechanics
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 236
Phone: +64 3 479 7780
Email: mparry@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Matthew Schofield

(PhD Otago)

Bayesian inference, environmental and ecological statistics.
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 237
Phone: 479-7779
Email: mschofield@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Assoc Prof Katrina Sharples

(PhD Univ of Washington)

Biostatistics, clinical trials, applications of statistics in epidemiology
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 233
Phone: 479-7605
Email: katrina.sharples@otago.ac.nz        
** Head of Statistics **

Dr Ting Wang

(PhD Massey)

Hidden Markov models and their applications; Stochastic models, especially in earthquake and volcanic hazard modelling; Point process theory; Survival analysis
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 518
Phone: 479-7773
Email: twang@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Phillip Wilcox

(BForSci(Hons)(Cant) PhD(Nth Carolina > SU) DipTeAraReoMāori(Te Wananga o Aotearoa))

Quantitative genetics, applied genomics, breeding, medical genetics, Māori engagement

Office: Science III, room 221
Phone: 479-7771
Email: phillip.wilcox@otago.ac.nz        
** Iwi affiliations: Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa **

Dr Graham Wood

(BSc (Hons) (Otago), PhD (ANU))

Applications of mathematics and statistics in biology; Statistical modelling of vehicle crashes; Applications of geometry;
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 235
Email: gwood@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Academic Mathematics Staff

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Professor Robert Aldred

See above

Assoc Prof Boris Baeumer

(PhD Louisiana State)

Fractal transport in porous media, anomalous diffusion, transform theory.
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 213
Phone: 479-7763
Email: bbaeumer@maths.otago.ac.nz        
** Director of Studies (Graduate) **

Dr Florian Beyer

(PhD Potsdam)

Mathematical and computational General Relativity
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 218
Phone: 479-7768
Email: fbeyer@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Professor David Bryant

See above

Professor Jörg Frauendiener

(PhD Tübingen)

Mathematical Physics
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 223
Phone: 479-7770
Email: joergf@maths.otago.ac.nz        
** Chair of Applied Mathematics **

Dr Jörg Hennig

(PhD Jena)

Analytical and Numerical Relativity
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 215
Phone: 479-7765
Email: jhennig@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Fabien Montiel

(PhD Otago)

Scattering theory, Ocean waves-sea ice interactions, Acoustics, Wave energy
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 514
Phone: 479-7760
Email: fmontiel@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Warren Palmer

(BA(Hons) MSc(Otago) DipTchg(DTC), CertTchg(NZDE))

Teaching Fellow

Email: wpalmer@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Dominic Searles

(PhD U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Algebraic combinatorics
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 219
Phone: 479-7762
Email: dsearles@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr John Shanks

(DPhil Oxford)

Numerical analysis
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 513
Phone: 479-7778
Email: jshanks@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Melissa Tacy

(PhD Australian National University)

Semiclassical and harmonic analysis
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 220
Phone: 479-7769
Email: mtacy@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Ilija Tolich





Email: itolich@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Dr Phillip Wilcox

See above

Research Fellows

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Dr Michael Lee

(BSc(Hons), DipGrad, PhD(Otago))

Senior Research Fellow

Office: Science III, room 214
Phone: 7764
Email: mlee@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Professional Staff

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Mrs Leanne Kirk



Administrator

Office: Science III, room 201
Phone: 479-7759
Email: lkirk@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Mr Chris Palmer

(BSc Hons, PG Dip (Sci) Otago)

Computer programmer and analyst

Office: Science III, room 115
Phone: 479-7739
Email: cpalmer@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Louise Schumacher





Phone: 479-7899
Email: louise.schumacher@otago.ac.nz        

Mr Greg Trounson

(BSc, BCom Otago)

Computer systems administrator

Office: Science III, room 115
Phone: 479-7739
Email: gregt@maths.otago.ac.nz        

Mr Damian Walls

(MSc)

Lead Administrator (Maths & Stats, Physics, Geology)

Office: Science III, room 211
Email: damian.walls@otago.ac.nz        

Associates

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Professor Richard Barker

(PhD Massey)

Bayesian inference, hierarchical models, ecological statistics, mark-recapture models
Research interests and publications 

Phone: 479-7756
Email: richard.barker@otago.ac.nz        
** Left the Department in 2017 to become the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Sciences. **

Assoc Prof Mik Black

(PhD Purdue)

Genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, Bayesian modeling, statistical computing
Research interests and publications 

Office: Biochemistry
Phone: 479-7831
Email: mik.black@otago.ac.nz        
** Based in Department of Biochemistry. Mik supervises students in Statistics, Genetics and Biochemistry. **

Emeritus Professor Derek Holton

(PhD McGill)

Graph theory and combinatorics, mathematics education.
Research interests and publications 

Email: dholton@maths.otago.ac.nz        
** Retired April 2009 but continuing links with the Department **

Dr Naomi Ingram





Office: College of Education
Phone: 4284
Email: naomi.ingram@otago.ac.nz        

Professor Vernon Squire

(DSc Wales, PhD Cambridge)

Polar marine modelling and physics, wave methods, continua, remote sensing.
Research interests and publications 

Office: Room 116 in the Clocktower Building
Phone: 479-8303
Email: vernon.squire@otago.ac.nz        
** Left the Department in 2005 to become the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Sciences. In 2010 appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International). He maintains links with the Department and is still active in research and supervision. **

Dr Jimmy Zeng

(PhD Otago)



Office: Preventive and Social Medicine
Email: jimmy.zeng@otago.ac.nz        

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Dr Petru Cioica-Licht

(PhD Philipps-Universität, Marburg)

Regularity of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations
Research interests and publications 

Office: Science III, room 212
Phone: 479 7783
Email: pcioica@maths.otago.ac.nz