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Personal Biography of Dr. Peter D.M. Macdonald, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter D.M. Macdonald joined McMaster University in 1971. He teaches statistics at all levels, supervises graduate students and consults in applied statistics. For much of his time at McMaster he was Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Statistics. Sabbatical positions include l'Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Villejuif, France and La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia. He was President of the Statistical Society of Canada in 1990-91. His main areas of research include stochastic models for cell proliferation, mark-recapture methods, mixture distributions, and the reconstruction of ancient Safaitic genealogies. His current work is concerned with developing an R package for fitting finite mixture distributions and helping scientists in diverse areas of application to use it. He holds P.Stat. accreditation from the Statistical Society of Canada. Since 2000, he has served as an ad hoc member of numerous EPA FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panels.


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