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Ruth King

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Research Interests

Capture-recapture; Bayesian inference; hidden (semi-)Markov models; state-space models; missing data; individual heterogeneity; integrated models; applications in ecology and epidemiology.

Research Groups

Recent Conference and Workshop Involvement

2019 Co-organiser of ICMS workshop on "Addressing Statistical Challenges of Modern Technological Advances" (Edinburgh);

2019 Invited speaker at Conference of Applied Statistics Ireland (Dundalk; Ireland);

2019 Co-organiser of "Global Expert Working Group on Multiple Systems Estimation of Modern Slavery" (Edinburgh);

2019 ICMS Public lecture - "The Rise and Fall and Rise of Bayesian Statistics" (Edinburgh);

2018 Invited speaker at Welsh Mathematical Colloquium (Gregynog; Wales);

2018 Invited speaker at Research Students' Conference (Sheffield);

2017 Invited speaker at Advances 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.

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; and in 2018 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

From 2016-20 I am a Turing Fellow; in 2020 I am a Leverhulme research fellow.

Professional Activities

- Deputy Director of the National Centre for Statistical Ecology, 2019+;

- 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, 2016-20;

- 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;

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

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

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)