Current Coordinates:
Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky
E-mail: simon DOT bonner AT uky DOT edu


Welcome to my personal homepage!


When asked what I do, I describe myself as an ecological statistician. I am currently employed as an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. I received my PhD from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University in 2008, and then spent two years as a NSERC/PIMS funded post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Statistics at The University of British Columbia.

I have always been interested in biology and my primary research in statistics is motivated by the challenges of analysing data from mark-recapture experiments to help monitor and manage threatened animal populations. In particular, I use advanced Bayesian computation to fit novel hierarchical models to ecological and environmental data that allow researchers to study the unobservable processes underlying these complex systems. I am also interested in spline smoothing and functional data analysis. Further details about my current research and my future plans can be found in my research statement and list of publications.

I take my teaching duties seriously and find being in the classroom a very rewarding experience. I firmly believe that students at all levels need to practice what they learn and try to incorporate components of active learning into all of my course. You can find more information about my teaching background and the courses I have taught at UK and SFU on my teaching page and in my teaching statement.

In my spare time I like to be outside as much as possible. I became interested in birdwatching as a teenager and spent two summers during my BSc as a field ornithologist conducting breeding bird surveys and banding birds with the Long Point Bird Observatory in 1998 and the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project in of 1999. Good spots I have found to bird in and around Lexington include The Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, The University of Kentucky Arboretum, and (my favorite) The Lexington Cemetery. For more information about birding in Kentucky you should visit the website of the Kentucky Ornithological Society where you can register to receive e-mails from the BIRDKY Listserv. I also enjoy hiking, canoeing, and camping whenever I get the chance, and currently play hockey for a team in the Lexington Amateur Ice Hoceky Association.
Simon Bonner