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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Recent News

Welcome to Dr Hongbin Guo

Dr Hongbin Guo

Hongbin joins SAGO as a postdoctoral research fellow, following the award of his PhD in statistics from the University of Auckland in 2019. Working with Dr Tilman Davies, Prof Martin Hazelton and Prof Adrian Baddeley, he is currently tackling difficult tasks in disentangling deterministic and stochastic effects in spatial point processes.

September 2020

Vacancy: two-year fixed term position in Statistics

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Applications are invited for a two-year fixed-term position as Lecturer to join the Statistics Group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This opportunity would suit recent PhD graduate who is looking to pursue an academic career.

We encourage applications from candidates in any area of statistics. Research strengths of the department include Bayesian inference, ecological and environmental statistics, hidden Markov models, scoring rules, smoothing methods, spatial statistics and point processes, statistical inverse problems, stochastic modelling, clinical trials, epidemiology, quantitative genetics, and statistical genetics.

August 2020

Antarctic scholarship

Congratulations to Taylor Hamlin for being awarded an Antarctica New Zealand Doctoral Scholarship. Taylor's research is investigating the movement, feeding habits, and breeding success of Adélie penguins at Cape Bird. In the news release Antarctica New Zealand Chief Scientific Advisor Professor John Cottle states that "Antarctica New Zealand is committing to expanding New Zealand’s Antarctic Science expertise and supporting the next generation of Early Career researchers".

August 2020

Students wanted: Simon Marais Competition

The Simon Marais Competition for 2020 is on October 10. Students compete individually or in pairs for a prize pool of over $100,000!

Are you interested? To enter, please contact your local coordinators by September 24: Jörg Hennig ( or Robert Van Gorder (

August 2020

History sometimes repeats

99 years after his great-grandfather received a Beverly Scholarship, Conor Hassan was awarded one too. Except for a twist of fate, this connection might have gone unnoticed. Conor is an Honours student in statistics and we're sure his great-grandfather would be very proud of his accomplishments.

July 2020

COVID-19 webinar

Professsor Mike Plank (University of Canterbury) gave a webinar on the modelling work done by his team at Te Pūnaha Matatini regarding the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

This webinar was a special installment of the Otago Modellers Group (OMG) seminar series, which aims to connect modellers across all disciplines at the University of Otago. To become involved in the OMG, get in touch with Fabien Montiel.

May 2020