Professor Simon Wood has been appointed to succeed Piotr Fryzlewicz as Joint Editor of Series B of the journal from the beginning of 2018.
Simon’s first degree was in physics from the University of Manchester, followed by a doctorate in mathematical ecology from the Applied Physics Department at the University of Strathclyde.
After graduating in 1989 he worked as a higher scientific officer on fisheries bioeconomics at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Lowestoft (now Cefas) and then as a post-doctoral researcher in the Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College, Silwood Park. In 1994 he moved to St Andrews as a lecturer and then reader in statistical ecology, developing an increasing research focus on statistical modelling and statistical computing. While at St Andrews he developed the statistical computing methods for multiple smoothing parameter estimation that formed the original basis for the R package mgcv. He also obtained an RSS graduate diploma.
In 2003 he moved to the University of Glasgow, and then in 2006 to the University of Bath as a professor of statistics. 2006 also saw the publication of his textbook Generalized Additive Models: an Introduction with R, which is now in its second edition. At Bath he was instrumental in the initial design of the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics programme and taught the 'Statistical computing' module until 2013. His most notable research contribution has been in smoothing and additive models. He has published a string of papers on these topics in Series B, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika and Biometrics, in particular, but he also has other interests such as inference for highly non-linear dynamic systems.
In 2016 he moved to the University of Bristol, where he is currently professor of statistical science.