Dr Laura Dawkins
Laura is an applied statistician who develops advanced statistical models to better understand the impact of weather and climate on industry operations and infrastructure.
Areas of expertise
- Statistical Modelling
- Data Science
- Extreme Value Analysis
- Natural Hazards
Laura is a senior statistical scientific consultant in the Industy Consultancy team. She works closely with industry across multiple sectors, developing statistical data science modelling approaches to help them better understand the impact of weather and climate on their operations and infrastructure. These applications span the energy, water and insurance industries. Laura specialises particularly in Bayesian statistical modelling and statistical extreme value analysis.
Laura joined the Met Office and the Industry Consultancy team in October 2018. Prior to this Laura spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Exeter and 6 months at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. During this time she worked with world leading Bayesian statisticians in the UK and Australia, developing statistical modelling methodologies for societal and environmental applications.
Laura obtained a first class honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 2011 and completed a PhD in Statistics at the University of Exeter in 2016, in which she used extreme value statistical approaches to better understand the relationship between extreme European windstorms and insured loss. As part of her PhD, Laura spent 3 months working with an industry partner, Zurich Insurance. The results of this project provided Zurich with a better understanding of their wind related insurance claims, understanding which is now used to inform the pricing of natural hazard insurance in Europe.