Student Supervision

  1. Jacob Fontana is working on Baysian variable selection and application to spatial multi-resolution models.
  2. Peter Trubey is developing models for anomaly detection using extreme value theory.
  3. Allan Brewer is working on signal processing methods to explore the dynamics of glaciers in Antarctica.
  4. Xiaotian Zheng is working on a project to model non-Gaussian processes in time and space using mixture transition distribution models. This project is in collaboration with Thanos Kottas.
  5. Isabelle Grenier is working on a project to obtain high spatial and temporal resolution prediction for the accumulated rainfall during atmospheric river events. This project is in collaboration with scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  6. Raquel Barata is working on dynamic models for quantiles and applications to climatological and environmental data. This project is in collaboration with Raquel Prado.
  7. Kelsey Blacksotne obtained her MS in June 2021 working on the project "Using Multi-resolution Process Convolutions to Model Land-Surface Albedo".
  8. Grant Hutchings obtained his MS in May 2021 working on the project "Comparing Emulation Methods for Computer Models with High Dimensional Output"
  9. Daniel Kirsner obtained his PhD in June 2020 working on the dissertation ``Nonstationary models for large spatial datasets using multi-resolution process convolutions''. Daniel is a Data Scientist working for Chase.
  10. Sarah Jarvis obtained her MS in June 2019 working on the project "Comparison of Climate Model Simultions".
  11. Brett Stacy obtained his MS in June 2018 working on the project "Bayesian mixed effects Poisson models for evaluating Red Abalone density across management thresholds" Brett is a PhD student in the program on Quantitative Marine Science at the University of Tasmania.
  12. Mickey Warner obtained his MS in March 2018 working on the project "Extreme value comparison of CanCM4 simulations and observations". Mickey is a data scientist at Boostability, Inc.
  13. Devin Francom obtained his PhD working on the dissertation ``Emulation and uncertainty quantification for models with functional response using Bayesian adaptive splines'' This project was completed, in collaboration with scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and was completed in August 2017. Devin is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  14. Ariana Hedges obtained her MS working on ``A spatio-temporal surplus model and its application to scallop abundance''. She graduated in August of 2015. She is a PhD student at Brigham Young University.
  15. Robert Richardson obtained his PhD working on spatio-temporal models based on integro-differential equations and Bayesian non-parametric methods. He was an NSF graduate research fellow. He was jointly supervised with Athanasions Kottas. The title of the dissertation was "Flexible Integro-Differential Equations for Bayesian Modeling of Spatio-Temporal Data". June 2015. He is faculty at Brigham Young University.
  16. Joao Pereira obtained his PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, co-supervised with with Prof. Alexandra Schmidt, from that university. His dissertation's title was "Convolution-Based Models for Spatially Referenced Count Data". He graduated in May 2015. Joao is faculty at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
  17. Sai Xiao obtained her PhD with a dissertation on "Bayesian Non-Parametric Modelling for Some Classes of Temporal Point Processes". She was supervised jointly with Athanasions Kottas. She graduated in March 2015. Sai works for Pinterest.
  18. Celeste Tretto obtained her MS with a project on "Measuring Bias of Sea Surface Temperature Measurement Devices in the Mediterranean Sea". She graduated in September 2014. She is a data scientist at Splunk, Inc.
  19. Francisco Beltrán obtained his PhD working on a project sponsered by NOAA in collaboration with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center to produce climate indexes relevant for stock assessment in the Norther Pacific. The title of his dissertation was "Quantifying the Impact of Climate Change on Oceanic Variables". He graduated in March 2014. He is a scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  20. Tracy Holsclaw obtained her PhD working on a project sponsered by LANL through The Institute for Scalable Scientific Data Management (ISSDM) to obtain estimations of the equation of state in cosmology. Tracy was supervised jointly with Herbie Lee. The title of her dissertation was "Statistical Modeling for Dark Energy and the Cosmological Constants". She graduated in June of 2011.
  21. Teresa Jacobson obtained her MS working on the project ``San Francisco Bay fish abundance and global scale climate shifts''. August 2010.
  22. Ricardo Lemos obtained his PhD student at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, working on the use of statistical space-time models for the estimation of oceanic climatologies. Even though I was not formally his advisor, I supervised his work and provided him with financial support during his extended visits to UCSC. The title of his dissertation was "Hierarchical Bayesian Methods for the Marine Sciences: Analyses of Climate Variability and Fish Abundance". Ricardo graduated in June 2010. Ricardo is the recipient of the 2010 Savage Award to the best thesis in applied Bayesian Methodology. Ricardo is a scientist at The Climate Corporation.
  23. Elizabeth Pacheco worked on the MS project "Bayesian Modeling Approaches to Poisson Processes". This work was in collaboration with Thanos Kottas. Beth Graduated in March 2009.
  24. Luis Acevedo-Arreguin worked on the MS project sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory "Spatio-Temporal Statistical Modeling of Crime Data: the Kernel Convolution Approach". This work was in collaboration with Herbie Lee. Luis Graduated in June 2008.
  25. Daniel Zantedeschi worked on a MS project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve the estimation of climate system properties using a 2D climate model developed at MIT. The title of the project is "Bayesian Adventures in Covariance Sampling". This work was done in collaboration with Chris Forest from MIT. He completed his MS in July 2008. Daniel is faculty at the Muma College of Business, University of South Florida.
  26. Aline Nobre is a former PhD student from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that I co-supervised with with Prof. Alexandra Schmidt, from that university. She worked on a new class of spatio-temporal models and applications to pollution data on the region of Rio. The title of her dissertation is "Spatio-temporal models based on discrete convolutions". She graduated in July 2007. Aline is faculty at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  27. Charles Curry Worked on a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve the estimation of climate system properties using a 2D climate model developed at MIT. This work was in collaboration with Chris Forest from MIT. He graduated as a MS in June 2007. Charlie works at YouTube.
  28. Christopher Wong worked on a project sponsored by CISCO. He used dynamic linear models to forecast the workload produced by the demand of support services. Title of the project: "Forecasting support burden for the CISCO 2006 routers". He graduated as a MS in December 2006. Chris works at CISCO.
  29. Weining Zhou worked on a project sponsored by Los Alamos National Lab that consisted on doing a statistical calibration of a computer simulator of a protons beam. This work is joint with David Higdon from LANL and Herbie Lee from AMS. She also worked on the problem of comparing output from chemical transport models subject to different initial and boundary conditions. Title of the dissertation: "Analyzing Computer Simulation Experiments Using Process Convolutions". She graduated as a PhD in December 2006. She currently works for Apple.
  30. Xing Ji worked on a Master project in collaboration with Lisa Sloan's Paleoclimate and Climate Change group. The title of the project was "A Bayesian Modeling Application to Estimating the Climate Change Impact on the Presence of Oaks in California". Xing graduated in June 2005. She works for PayPal.
  31. Aracelis Hernández did her PhD thesis on rainfall models for the Caroní basin, an area where EDELCA produces 80% of the Venezuelan electricity using hydro-powered plants. Aracelis focused on the characterization of the extreme values of rainfall and the influence of macro weather variables over the area. This work was supervised in collaboration with Lelys Bravo de Guenni from CESMa USB. The title of the dissertation was "Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Rainfall Over the Caroní Catchment Area". Aracelis graduated in March 2005. She currently is a faculty at the Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela.
  32. Giselle Álvarez did her PhD thesis on the characterization and prediction of the properties of an oil reservoir from well logs and seismic traces using wavelets. This was a project sponsored by INTEVEP the R&D division of the Venezuelan Oil Industry developed in collaboration with Reinaldo Michelena from INTEVEP. The title of the dissertation was: "Using Seismic Data to Classify the Lithology and Estimate the Properties of an Oil Reservoir". Giselle graduated in March 2003.
  33. Lisbeth Betancourt did her Master project on models for rainfall in South-East Venezuela and its association with El Niño. This work was supervised in collaboration with Lelys Bravo de Guenni from CESMa USB. The title of the project was: "Statistical Modelling of the Ocean-Atmospheric Effect on the Rainfall in Southern Venezuela". Lisbeth graduated in April 2000.