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Dr Oscar Rodriguez De Rivera Ortega

Lecturer in Statistics (Data Science & Environmental Intelligence)


Telephone: 01392 723590

Extension: (Streatham) 3590


I am Statistical Ecologist or Ecological Statistician, not sure yet...

My research involves the development and use of complex spatio‑temporal statistical models, geographic information systems (GIS), and working collaboratively in a multi‑disciplinary environment to understand complex ecological systems. 

My research interests include:

  • Spatial and spatio‑temporal models applied to species distribution.
  • Understanding the effects and causality of environmental disturbances such as forest fires, pests, pollutants and climate change.
  • Applications of statistics in environmental science and conservation.


I am an active member of the statistical ecology community, including organising the seminar series of the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE). 


Prior to joining Exeter I was working at the University of Kent, first as PDRA in Statistics at the Statistical Ecolgy group (SE@K) and from 2021 as Teaching Fellow in Statistics. Previously, during my PhD, I developed my career in industry working as Data Analyst and Data Scientist in different companies such as Wipro Ecoenergy and Thames Water Utilities.

  • PhD in Statistics, University of Valencia (Spain). "Spatio Temporal Modeling of Species Distribution".
  • MSc in Biostatistics, University of Valencia (Spain)
  • BEng in Forest Engineering, University of Oviedo (Spain)


Please get in touch if you would like to develop a collaboration/PhD or Internship on Statistical Ecology.