School of Mathematics

Ruth King

The University of Edinburgh The School of Mathematics Room: 4603 James Clerk Maxwell Building, The King's Buildings, Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD Scotland
Tel: Work 0131 650 5947


Research Interests

Capture-recapture; Bayesian inference; hidden Markov models; state-space models; missing data; applications in ecology and epidemiology.

Research Groups

Recent Conference and Workshop Involvement

2017 Invited speaker at Advanced in Data Science (Manchester)

2016 Invited speaker at CMStatistics (Seville; Spain)

2016 Coulter McDowell lecture (Holloway; London)

2016 Invited speaker at the Young Statisticians Meeting (London);

2016 Invited speaker at International Statistical Ecology Conference (Seattle);

2015 150th LMS Popular Lecturer (London and Glasgow);

2015 Invited author of newspaper article "How to count invisible people", The Guardian;

2014 Invited speaker at International Biometrics Conference (Florence).

Biographical Statement

I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2015 to take up the position of the Thomas Bayes' Chair of Statistics. Prior to my appointment I was a lecturer and reader in Statistics at the University of St Andrews (2003-15) and previously held an EPSRC post-doctoral fellowship (2003-5). In 2017 I was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Professional Activities

- Elected President of the International Biometrics Society: British and Irish Region, 2019-20 (incoming president, 2018; outgoing president, 2021);

- Elected Royal Statistical Society Council Member, 2018-22;

- Associate Editor for Biometrics, 2017-19;

- Associate Editor for Royal Society Open Science, 2016-19

- Turing fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, 2016-18;

- Programme committee member of the Alan Turing Institute, 2016-18;

- Royal Statistical Society Research Section Committee member, 2016-19;

- International Biometrics Society Editorial Advisory Committee Member, 2016-19;

- Associate Editor for Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Ecological Statistics, 2012+;

- Royal Statistical Society Honours Committee Member, 2016-18;

- International Biometric Society Elected Council Member, 2013-7.

Previous Employment

- Reader in Statistics, University of St Andrews, 2010-15;

- Lecturer in Statistics, University of St Andrews, 2003-10;

- EPSRC post-doctoral fellow, 2003-5;

- Research associate, University of Cambridge, 2001-3


PhD University of Bristol (2001)

BSc University of Bristol (1998)