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Professor Geoff Nicholls

Associate Professor of Statistics

Fellow and Tutor at St Peter's College

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+44 (0)1865 272860 (Department)
+44 (0)1865 282853 (Direct)

Biographical Sketch

Professor Geoff Nicholls, B.Sc. (Physics, Canterbury, New Zealand), MA, PhD (HEP, Cambridge, UK), teaches probability, statistics and applied mathematics. Geoff Nicholls joined the Statistics Department in 2005 from the Mathematics Department of the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Geoff took his BSc at the Physics Department of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and his PhD at Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied particle physics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Research Interests

  • Bayesian inference
  • Statistical methods
  • Computational statistics
  • Monte Carlo, statistical senetics
  • Applied statistics

Geoff is working on Monte-Carlo based Bayesian statistical inference for problems with computationally demanding prior and likelihood evaluations. Practical computational methods for making Bayesian model comparison for complex stochastic systems are needed. Research is driven by problems from a range of application areas, including Geoscience, Linguistics, Genetics and Archaeology.