Kenneth M. Portier, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenneth M. Portier is Program Director for Statistics at the American Cancer Society (ACS) home office in Atlanta, GA, and is Courtesy Associate Professor of Statistics in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL. A native of south LA, Dr. Portier received a B.S. in mathematics (1973) from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and a M.S. in Statistics (1975) and Ph.D. in Biostatistics (1979) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. With ACS since early 2006, Dr. Portier provides general statistical support to cancer researchers in the area of design and analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal sample surveys, program evaluation and cancer modeling. Prior to ACS he spent 27 years as a statistical consultant to researchers in agriculture, natural resources and the environment and as a teacher of applied statistics at the graduate level at UF. Dr. Portier has coauthored over 150 publications in many of the premier journals in agriculture, natural resources and environmental sciences. He has received national recognition for his teaching and twice participated in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded teaching grants, one on new methods for teaching natural resources sampling and the other to develop a study abroad course in natural resources assessment with the Czech Republic. His collaborations with other researchers at UF have resulted in 36 funded research grants from numerous agencies including the National Science Foundation, USDA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, EPA, and the Department of the Interior. He continues to collaborate with UF's Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology on statistical questions that arise in environmental sampling and risk assessments. He has been a regular member of EPA's Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIH-NIEHS) National Toxicology Program science advisory panels reviewing human and ecological risks. His research interests are wide, including the application of new statistical methodologies to cancer research and environmental problems. His statistical interests are in multivariate methods. He continues his interest in the teaching of statistics.