Diana Cole : Research Webpages

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Kent. You can find out more about my research by following the links on the left.

I am membership secretary for the British and Irish Region International Biometric Society. I am also involved in the Environmental Statistics Section of the Royal Statistical Society. I was a committee member from Jan 2010 to Dec 2010, secretary from Jan 2011 to Dec 2012 and am currently chair (from Jan 2013).

I am involved in supervison of the following PhD students:
  • Ben Hubbard Parameter Redundancy and Applications in Statistical Ecology (first supervisor)
  • Chen Yu The use of mixture models in capture-recapture (second supervisor)
  • Natoya Jourdain New analytical methods for estimating key ecological parameters from camera trapping data (first supervisor)
  • Anita Jeyman New methods of model-selection and assessment for complex capture-recapture models (joint supervisor)
  • Ming Zhou The statistical development of ecological removal models (second supervisor)


  • Previously I was a research associate at the University of Kent, where I worked on two projects:
  • Parameter redundancy and state-space modelling using the Kalman Filters. This project was part of the National Centre for Statistical Ecology, and was supervised by Byron Morgan.
  • Stochastic models for yeast prion propagation, funded by a BBSRC grant held by Mick Tuite, Byron Morgan and Martin Ridout. I was working in collaboration with Lee Byrne, a research associate in the Research School of Biosciences, at the University of Kent.


  • I also obtained my PhD in Statistics at the University of Kent. My thesis title was ‘Stochastic Branching Processes in Biology’ and I was supported by an EPSRC Case studentship with East Malling Horticultural Research International and supervised by Byron Morgan and Martin Ridout.