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Featured Profile: Chris Wikle


Chris Wikle

Award-winning statistician Dr. Chris Wikle addresses climate change and other scientific issues.

By drawing on his expertise in statistical methods, Wikle tackles real-world problems. Wikle’s research has applications in environmental, ecological and geophysical science. Funded by the National Science Foundation, he has developed future climate predictions and also created new methods for predicting the near-future via radar. Other projects include investigating the impact of climate change on fisheries and coastal organizations.

Dr. Wikle utilizes Bayesian methods (a technique used to calculate the probability of various outcomes) as well as spatio–temporal models (models that take into account issues of both time and space) and more traditional hierarchical statistics. Additionally, Wikle has knowledge in computational methods for large data sets.

Wikle has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Other honors include the University of Missouri’s Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, a Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, a DeGroot Prize from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the ASA’s Section on Statistics and the Environment.

Dr. Chris Wikle is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Public Affairs in the College of Arts and Science and an adjunct professor of meteorology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

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Related Initiative(s):
Food for the Future