Lauren Ponisio

BIDS Data Science Fellow Alumni

Real name: 
Lauren Ponisio

Lauren Ponisio was a postdoctoral scholar in the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management department and a BIDS Data Science Fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor at UC Riverside, where the Ponisio Lab studies the mechanisms operating in complex ecological communities in order to restore biodiversity in degraded ecosystems.

As a native of the Central Valley, Lauren has a personal connection to issues concerning the sustainability of agriculture, and a primary goal of my research is to make agricultural systems better for humans and wildlife. She thus also investigate strategies for designing agricultural systems to promote biodiversity conservation and the links between conservation strategies and improving livelihoods.

Lastly, she is working on the development team of NIMBLE, a system for building and sharing analysis methods for statistical models, especially for hierarchical models and computationally intensive methods. Statistics is the primary way scientists identify patterns within their data, and thus, advances in fields applying statistics are often facilitated by computational methods.


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NIMBLE: Numerical Inference for Hierarchical Models Using Bayesian and Likelihood Estimation