About me

I’m Grayson, a a doctoral student (Statistics & Forestry) in the Finley Lab at Michigan State University. Prior to attending Michigan State, I worked as a Data Scientist contracting with the USDA Forest Service where I primarily worked on the development and public release of the FIESTA R package. Prior to that, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in statistics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

My research interests are in small area estimation, hierarchical Bayesian modeling, applications of statistics to forestry, and statistical software development. A list of my publications are available here. I also enjoy writing, maintaining, and contributing to statistical software. A few of my favorite pieces of statistical software that I have worked on are FIESTA (co-author, maintainer), for estimation and analysis of forest inventory data, and gglm (author, maintainer), for easily making diagnostic plots for linear models using ggplot2.

Outside of research I enjoy exploring new places with my dog, Dude, camping, cycling, and trying my best to perfect my home espresso skills and technique.

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Grayson White

Doctoral Student, Statistics & Forestry