Dr Lisa Woods

Statistical Consultant
School of Mathematics and Statistics

Teaching in 2020

Dr Woods started studying Biomedical Science, but in her second year discovered that she was more interested in analysing the data than collecting it in a lab. She changed majors, completing a BA in Applied Statistics and Japanese, and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Statistics, before completing her PhD for which she studied the application of reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo to estimate causal network structures existing within sets of interacting quantitative traits.

"I like puzzles so I really enjoy working with data to answer questions and solve real problems.

"All of my university study was at Victoria University of Wellington. The School of Mathematics and Statistics is great so I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. The staff are great role models and I’m still learning from them."

Now working in the school as a statistical consultant Lisa says the role is well suited to her interests and background and she particularly enjoys the variety.

"I get to meet people and contribute to research from all over the university, from the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies to the School of Biological Sciences. There are so many amazing researchers here at the university and it makes every day at work unique."

Qualifications: PhD (Statistics), BSc (Hons) in Applied Statistics, BA in Applied Statistics and Japanese

Selected publications

John Townend, Steve Sherburn, Richard Arnold, Carolin Boese, and Lisa Woods. ‘Three-dimensional variations in present-day tectonic stress along the Australia-Pacific plate boundary in central New Zealand.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 353-354, 47-59 (2012), [DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.08.003]

S. Sherburn, J. Townend, R. Arnold, and L. Woods. EQC Project 08//550 – Establishing a spatiotemporal benchmark for ongoing crustal stress monitoring in the southern Taupo Volcanic Zone. GNS Science Consultancy Report. 38pp (2009)

Teaching in 2020