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Prof Geoff Jones PhD

Professor in Biostatistics

School of Fundamental Sciences

My main research interests are in the general area of Biostatistics, especially the use of Bayesian methods in Epidemiology. I have also published in other areas of statistics including calibration, survival analysis, experimental design and small-area estimation. I have worked on several consulting projects with local industries and government agencies, including poverty estimation projects overseas with UN World Food Programme and the World Bank in Asia. I collaborate widely with scientists in a range of disciplines, but particularly with the Veterinary Epidemiologists at Massey’s Epicentre. I am currently a member of the OiE  Collaborating Centre for Diagnostic Test Validation Science


Contact details

  • Ph: 951 7627
    Location: ScB3.26, Science Tower B
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of California (1996)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the general area of Biostatistics, especially the use of Bayesian methods in Epidemiology. I have particular expertise in Bayesian latent class analysis for diagnostic test data.

I also have expertise in Small Area Estimation, particularly with regard to poverty mapping.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Applied Statistics (010401): Biostatistics (010402): Mathematical Sciences (010000): Statistical Theory (010405): Statistics (010400):
Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3
Team Member 0 2

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 3
Co-supervisor 2 5

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Ghazaleh Aslani - Doctor of Philosophy
    Traffic Modelling and Inference Using Bluetooth Tracking Data

Co-supervisor of:

  • Xin Zhou - Doctor of Philosophy
    Fractional Nonconformance Assessment
  • Gabriel Frigerio Porta - Doctor of Philosophy
    Statistical models for dynamic multi-hazard and risk

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Sarah Pirikahu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Statistical Inference for Population Based Measures of Risk Reduction
  • 2016 - Penelope Bilton - Doctor of Philosophy
    Tree based models for poverty estimation
  • 2013 - Muhammad Nafees Anwar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Complexity Measurement for Dealing with Class Imbalance Problems in Classification Modelling

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Alison Livingston - Doctor of Philosophy
    Some Diagnostic Techniques for Small Area Estimation: With Applications to Poverty Mapping
  • 2017 - Edgar Santos Fernandez - Doctor of Philosophy
    Acceptance Sampling for Food Quality Assurance
  • 2015 - Rebecca Green - Doctor of Philosophy
    Statistical methods for assembling and incorporating volcanic records in hazard estimation
  • 2012 - Tilman Davies - Doctor of Philosophy
    Spatial and Spatiotemporal Point Process Modelling in Epidemiology
  • 2010 - Marissa Isidro - Doctor of Philosophy
    Intercensal updating of small area estimates

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