School of Mathematics

Ruth King has been awarded the Royal Statistical Society Barnett Award

The Royal Statistical Society Barnett Award for 2022 is awarded to Ruth King, who is internationally known for her work in statistical ecology, and in particular bringing to prominence in this field, the use of Bayesian statistics. She has worked with different types of data - notably capture-recapture and ring-recovery - as well as others such as count data and telemetry data. In addition, she has worked with various associated models, including integrated population models, state-space and hidden Markov-type models applied to ecological data. She has authored and co-authored highly influential methodological and applied papers in Bayesian population ecology, having published more than 70 papers and co-authored two books. She has also played important roles in the National Centre for Statistical Ecology, including as deputy director. She has championed environmental and ecological statistics nationally within the RSS and also internationally within the International Biometrics Society (president and vice-president of the British and Irish region).