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Head of Department

Associate Professor Sarah WakesSarah Wakes(2022)

(PhD Nottingham)

Fellow of Engineering New Zealand
Member of Senate
Member of Academic Leadership Development Programme Advisory Group
Member of Standing Committee and Academic Board for Sciences Division

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Design

Office: Science III, room 2.10
Tel +64 3 479 3148
Email sarah.wakes@otago.ac.nz

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Directors of Study

Directors of Study can help you plan your course structure or sort out problems with clashes, assessment and access to resources

100-level Mathematics

Dr Robert Van Gorder

100-level Statistics

Dr Tilman Davies

200- and 300-level Mathematics

Dr Jörg Hennig

200- and 300-level Statistics

Dr Peter Dillingham

400-level and Honours Statistics

Professor Martin Hazelton

400-level and Honours Mathematics

Dr Fabien Montiel

Postgraduate Mathematics: Masters and PhD

Professor Boris Baeumer

Postgraduate Statistics: Masters and PhD

Professor Martin Hazelton

Course coordinator for BAppSc in Data Science

Dr. Matthew Parry

Course coordinator for MAppSc in Statistics

Dr Peter Dillingham

Course coordinator for MAppSc in Quantitative Genetics

Associate Professor Phillip Wilcox

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Māori and Pacific Support Liaison

Kaiawhina Māori

Associate Professor Phillip Wilcox

Pacific Island Liaison

Dr Tilman Davies

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Academic Mathematics staff

Head of MathematicsGeneric Silhouette

Professor Boris Baeumer

(PhD Louisiana State)

Director of Studies for postgraduate Mathematics: Masters and PhD

Fractal transport in porous media, anomalous diffusion, transform theory

Office: 232A
Tel +64 3 479 7763
Email boris.baeumer@otago.ac.nz


Dr Florian BeyerFlorian Beyer (2022)

(PhD Potsdam)

Associate Dean International (Sciences)

Partial differential equations, singular limits and applications in mathematical physics

Office: Science III, room 218
Tel +64 3 479 7768
Email florian.beyer@otago.ac.nz


Professor David Bryant

(PhD)Generic Silhouette

Director of Computational Modelling (COMO)
Vice-president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ

Applications of mathematics and statistics to evolutionary biology and genetics

Office: Science III, room 515
Tel +64 3 479 7889
Email david.bryant@otago.ac.nz


Dr Timothy CandyGeneric Silhouette

(MSc (Canterbury), PhD (Edinburgh))

Senior Lecturer

Partial Differential Equations and Harmonic Analysis

Office: Science III, room 216
Tel +64 3 479 7781
Email tim.candy@otago.ac.nz


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Professor Jörg Frauendiener

(PhD Tübingen)

Chair of Applied Mathematics
Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ

Mathematical Physics

Office: Science III, room 223
Tel +64 3 479 7770
Email joerg.frauendiener@otago.ac.nz


Dr Jörg HennigJoerg Hennig (2022)

(PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) University Jena)

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for 200- and 300-level Mathematics

Analytical and Numerical Relativity

Office: Science III, room 215
Tel +64 3 479 7765
Email joerg.hennig@otago.ac.nz


Dr Fabien MontielFabien Montiel (2022)

(MSc (École Centrale de Nantes), PhD (Otago))

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for 400-level and Honours Mathematics

Wave scattering theory, Ocean wave modelling, Sea ice physics, Acoustics, Wave energy

Office: Science III, room 514
Tel +64 3 479 7760
Email fabien.montiel@otago.ac.nz


Dr Dominic SearlesGeneric Silhouette

(PhD University of Illinois)

Senior Lecturer

Algebra and combinatorics

Office: Science III, room 220
Tel +64 3 479 7762
Email dominic.searles@otago.ac.nz


Dr Robert Van GorderGeneric Silhouette

(BSc, PhD)

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for 100-level Mathematics

Applied Mathematics

Office: Science III, room 212
Tel +64 3 379 7783
Email robert.vangorder@otago.ac.nz

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Academic Statistics staff

Head of Statistics

Professor Martin HazeltonMartin Hazelton (2022)

(MA, D.Phil (Oxon))

Director of Studies for 400-level and Honours Statistics
Director of Studies for postgraduate Statistics: Masters and PhD

Network tomography; smoothing methods; statistical theory, methods and applications

Office: Science III, room 233
Tel +64 3 479 7605
Email martin.hazelton@otago.ac.nz


Dr Austina ClarkGeneric Silhouette

(PhD Otago)

Design and analysis of experiments, population estimation.

Office: Science III, room 117
Tel +64 3 479 7757
Email austina.clark@otago.ac.nz


Dr Tilman DaviesTilman Davies(2022)

(BCM (UWA), BScHons (Massey), PhD (Massey))

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for 100-level Statisctics
Pacific Islands Liaison

Kernel smoothing, applied point process modelling, computational statistics, geographical epidemiology

Office: Science III, room 222
Tel +64 3 479 7772
Email tilman.davies@otago.ac.nz


Dr Peter DillinghamGeneric Silhouette

(BSc, MSc (Alaska Fairbanks), PhD Otago)

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for 200- and 300-level Statistics
Coastal People: Southern Skies Centre of Research Excellence (Theme Leader)

Ecological, Environmental, and Bayesian Statistics

Office: Science III, room 516
Tel +64 3 479 5971
Email peter.dillingham@otago.ac.nz


Dr Matthew ParryMatthew Parry (2022)

(PhD Brown University, USA)

Course coordinator for BAppSc in Data Science

Decision theory and information geometry, epidemiology, spatiotemporal processes, cosmology and astrostatistics

Office: Science III, room 236
Tel +64 3 479 7780
Email matthew.parry@otago.ac.nz


Associate Professor Matthew SchofieldMatthew Schofield (2022)

(PhD Otago)

Bayesian inference, environmental and ecological statistics.

Office: Science III, room 237
Tel +64 3 479 7779
Email matthew.schofield@otago.ac.nz


Professor Katrina SharplesKatrina Sharples (2022)

(MSc (Statistics) PhD (Biostatistics))

Professor of Biostatistics
Biostatistics, clinical trials, applications of statistics in epidemiology

Office: Science III, room 238
Tel +64 21 245 5686
Email katrina.sharples@otago.ac.nz


Associate Professor Ting WangGeneric Silhouette

(PhD (Massey University, Dean’s List of Exceptional Doctoral Theses); MSc (graduated 1 year ahead of schedule), BSc (Beijing Normal University))

Hidden Markov models and their applications; Stochastic models, especially in earthquake and volcanic hazard modelling; Point process theory; Survival analysis

Office: Science III, room 518
Tel +64 3 479 7773
Email ting.wang@otago.ac.nz


Associate Professor Phillip WilcoxPhillip Wilcox (2022)

(B.For.Sci.(Hons), PhD., Dip. Ara Reo Māori)

Kaiawhina Māori, Dept. Mathematics and Statistics
Kaikōkiri Māori, Genetics Teaching Programme
Affiliate, Bioethics Centre
Kaiawhina Māori, Genetics Teaching Programme (shared)

Quantitative genetics, applied genomics, breeding, medical genetics, Māori engagement

Office: Science III, room 221
Tel +64 3 479 7771
Email phillip.wilcox@otago.ac.nz


Dr Xun XiaoGeneric Silhouette

(PhD City Univ. of Hong Kong)

Reliability, Statistical Process Control, Industrial Statistics

Office: Science III, room 235
Tel +64 3 479 7775
Email xun.xiao@otago.ac.nz

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Teaching staff

Megan DrysdaleMegan Drysdale (2022)

(BSc BA PGDipAppStat)

Teaching Fellow

Office: Science III, room 232
Tel +64 3 479 7774
Email megan.drysdale@otago.ac.nz


Alex FowlerAlex Fowler(2022)

(MSc Computer Science, BSc(Hons) Mathematics)

Teaching Fellow

Offiice: Science III, room 219
Tel +63 27 319 1961
Email alex.fowler@otago.ac.nz


Dr John ShanksJohn Shanks (2022)

(DPhil Oxford)

Numerical analysis

Office: Science III, room 513
Tel +64 3 479 7778
Email john.shanks@otago.ac.nz

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Research Fellows

Linda DunnGeneric Silhouette

Research assistant

Office: Science III, room 211
Email linda.dunn@otago.ac.nz


Tim JowettTim Jowett (2022)

(MSc Otago)

Research Fellow
Consultant Statistician

Office: Science III, room 234
Tel +64 3 479 7776
Email timothy.jowett@otago.ac.nz


Dr Michael LeeGeneric Silhouette

(BSc(Hons), DipGrad, PhD(Otago))

Senior Research Fellow

Office: Science III, room 214
Tel +64 3 479 7764
Email michael.lee@otago.ac.nz

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Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr Duc NguyenGeneric Silhouette

(PhD)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office: Science III, 217
Tel +64 22 5095 676
Email minhduc.nguyen@otago.ac.nz

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Professional staff

Sharmaine ElleyGeneric Silhouette

Finance Associate

Office: Science III, 109b
Tel +64 3 479 6831
Email sharmaine.elley@otago.ac.nz


Malisha GaundanGeneric Silhouette

Client Services Administrator

Office: Science III, 2nd floor reception
Tel +64 3 479 7899
Email malisha.gaundan@otago.ac.nz


Leanne KirkGeneric Silhouette

Client Services Administrator

Office: Science III, 2nd floor reception
Tel +64 3 479 7759
Email mathsstats@otago.ac.nz


Chris PalmerGeneric Silhouette

(BSc Hons, PG Dip (Sci) Otago)

Programmer Scientific (ITS)

Office: Science III, room 115
Tel +64 3 479 7739
Email chris.palmer@otago.ac.nz


Greg TrounsonGeneric Silhouette

(BSc, BCom Otago)

Team Leader, ITS Scientific Programming

Office: Science III, room 115
Tel +64 3 479 7739
Email greg.trounson@otago.ac.nz


Damian WallsGeneric Silhouette

(MSc)

Lead Administrator Client Services

Office: 109c
Tel:+64 3 479 7911
Email damian.walls@otago.ac.nz

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Emeritus Professors

Emeritus Professor Robert Aldred

(PhD Melbourne)

Graph theory and combinatorics
Retired from the Department in April 2021


Emeritus Professor Derek Holton

(PhD McGill)

Graph theory and combinatorics, mathematics education
Retired April 2009 but continuing links with the Department

Email derek.holton@otago.ac.nz


Emeritus Professor Vernon Squire

(DSc Wales, PhD MASt Cambridge)

Polar marine modelling and physics, wave methods, continua, remote sensing
Vernon left the Department in 2005 to become the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Sciences. In 2010 he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), which later became Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). He became Professor Emeritus from 1 May 2019, continuing his research interests and maintaining links with the University.

Office: No physical location on campus
Tel +64 21 213 5815
Email vernon.squire@otago.ac.nz

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Honorary staff

Dr Murray Efford

(D.Phil. Oxon.)

Honorary Senior Lecturer
Statistical ecology

Tel +64 3 476 4668
Email murray.efford@otago.ac.nz


Associate Professor John HarrawayJohn Harraway (2022)

(BSc (Hons), MSc Otago)

Honorary Associate Professor
Past President International Association for Statistical Education
Member International Association of Official Statistics
Elected Member of International Statistical Institute
Member Otago Global Health Institute

Applied statistics, statistics education

Office: Science III, room 513
Tel +64 3 479 7778
Email john.harraway@otago.ac.nz


Darryl Mackenzie

(PhD Otago)

Honorary Associate Professor

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Associated staff

Professor Richard Barker

(PhD Massey)

Bayesian inference, hierarchical models, ecological statistics, mark-recapture models
Left the Department in 2017 to become the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Division of Sciences.

Tel +64 3 479 7756
Email richard.barker@otago.ac.nz


Professor Mik Black

(BSc (Hons), PhD Purdue)

Genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, Bayesian modeling, statistical computing
Based in Department of Biochemistry. Mik supervises students in Statistics, Genetics and Biochemistry

Office: Biochemistry
Tel +64 3 479 7831
Email mik.black@otago.ac.nz


Dr Naomi Ingram

PhD (Maths Ed) (Otago), MSc (Hons), Dip Tchg, (Waikato), BCMS (Waikato)

Senior Lecturer

Tel +64 3 479 4284
Email naomi.ingram@otago.ac.nz


Dr Jimmy Zeng

(BSc(Hons), PhD Otago)

Office: Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Email jimmy.zeng@otago.ac.nz