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Dr Matthew Schofield

Office: Science III, room 237
Phone: 479-7779

Research Interests

My research interests include

  • Bayesian inference and hierarchical modeling
  • Computational methodology
  • Ecological statistics
  • Environmental statistics
  • Statistics in sports science

Professional Positions


  • Senior Lecturer, University of Otago


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Applied Statistics Center, Columbia University

Ph.D. Students


  • Heloise Pavanato (lead supervisor Richard Barker)
  • Timothy Bilton (co-supervisors Ken Dodds, Mik Black)
  • Alastair Lamont (co-supervisor Richard Barker)
  • Taylor Hamlin (co-supervisors Phil Seddon, Dean Anderson)
  • Soundarya Karamcheti (lead supervisor Phil Bremer, co-supervised by Gale Brightwell)
  • Matthew Strother (lead supervisor Ben Daniel; co-supervised by Katrina Sharples)


Honours Students

  • Yu Yang, 2017
  • Georgia Anderson, 2016
  • Nick Gelling, 2016
  • Alastair Lamont, 2015

Recent Publications

  • Link, W. A., Schofield, M. R., Barker, R. J., & Sauer, J. R. (2018). On the robustness of N-mixture models. Ecology, 99(7), 1547-1551. doi: 10.1002/ecy.2362
  • Bilton, T. P., Schofield, M. R., Black, M. A., Chagné, D., Wilcox, P. L., & Dodds, K. G. (2018). Accounting for errors in low coverage high-throughput sequencing data when constructing genetic maps using biparental outcrossed populations. Genetics, 209(1), 65-76. doi: 10.1534/genetics.117.300627
  • Barker, R. J., Schofield, M. R., Link, W. A., & Sauer, J. R. (2018). On the reliability of N-mixture models for count data. Biometrics, 74(1), 369-377. doi: 10.1111/biom.12734
  • Schofield, M. R., Barker, R. J., & Gelling, N. (2018). Continuous-time capture—recapture in closed populations. Biometrics, 74(2), 626-635. doi: 10.1111/biom.12763
  • Schofield, M. R., Barker, R. J., Gelman, A., Cook, E. R., & Briffa, K. R. (2016). A model-based approach to climate reconstruction using tree-ring data. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 111(513), 93-106. doi: 10.1080/01621459.2015.1110524

Supplementary Files

  • Supplementary files for some of my published papers can be found on my resource page