Fontana is working on Baysian variable selection and
application to spatial multi-resolution models.
- Peter Trubey
is developing models for anomaly detection using extreme value theory.
- Allan Brewer
is working on signal processing methods to explore the dynamics of
glaciers in Antarctica.
- 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.
- 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
- Raquel Barata
is working on dynamic models for quantiles and applications to
climatological and environmental data. This project is in
collaboration with Raquel Prado.
Blacksotne obtained her MS in June 2021 working on the
project "Using Multi-resolution Process Convolutions to Model
- Grant Hutchings
obtained his MS in May 2021 working on the project "Comparing
Emulation Methods for Computer Models with High Dimensional
- 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
- Sarah Jarvis
obtained her MS in June 2019 working on the project "Comparison of
Climate Model Simultions".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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
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.
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,
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.
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.
Teresa Jacobson obtained her MS working on the project ``San
Francisco Bay fish abundance and global scale climate shifts''. August
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
Aracelis Hernández did her PhD thesis on rainfall models for
the Caroní basin, an area where
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.
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
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.
- 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.