Statistical Science

A Conversation with Noel Cressie

Christopher K. Wikle and Jay M. Ver Hoef

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Noel Cressie, FAA is Director of the Centre for Environmental Informatics in the National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA) and Distinguished Professor in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri (USA), Affiliate of Org 398, Science Data Understanding, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA), and a member of the Science Team for NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite. Cressie was awarded a B.Sc. with First Class Honours in Mathematics in 1972 from the University of Western Australia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Statistics in 1973 and 1975, respectively, from Princeton University (USA). Two brief postdoctoral periods followed, at the Centre de Morphologie Mathématique, ENSMP, in Fontainebleau (France) from April 1975–September 1975, and at Imperial College, London (UK) from September 1975–January 1976. His past appointments have been at The Flinders University of South Australia from 1976–1983, at Iowa State University (USA) from 1983–1998, and at The Ohio State University (USA) from 1998–2012. He has authored or co-authored four books and more than 280 papers in peer-reviewed outlets, covering areas that include spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, environmental statistics, empirical-Bayesian and Bayesian methods including sequential design, goodness-of-fit, and remote sensing of the environment. Many of his papers also address important questions in the sciences. Cressie is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Spatial Econometrics Association, and he is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. Noel Cressie’s refereed, unrefereed, and other publications are available at:

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Statist. Sci., Volume 34, Number 2 (2019), 349-359.

First available in Project Euclid: 19 July 2019

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Bayesian statistics geostatistics spatial statistics spatio-temporal models


Wikle, Christopher K.; Ver Hoef, Jay M. A Conversation with Noel Cressie. Statist. Sci. 34 (2019), no. 2, 349--359. doi:10.1214/19-STS695.

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