Dr Michelle Stanton


Areas of expertise

  • Statistical modelling
  • Spatio-temporal analysis
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Epidemiology of climate-sensitive infections diseases

Publications by Dr Michelle Stanton

Current activities

Michelle is a senior applied statistical scientist in the Industry Science and Consultancy team.  She uses her statistical expertise to support industry customers to aid their understanding of the impact of weather and climate on their operations.

Career background

Michelle joined the Met Office and the Industry Consultancy team in April 2024. Prior to this, Michelle was a Lecturer in Spatial Epidemiology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) where she maintains an honorary lecturer position. At LSTM, Michelle’s work focussed on using geospatial methods and statistical techniques to determine spatial and spatio-temporal trends in the risk of vector-borne diseases, with a particular emphasis on understanding the influence of weather and environment on these trends.  She currently supervises a PhD student whose project is aimed at understanding the influence of extreme weather on malaria epidemiology in Malawi.

Prior to this, Michelle spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Neglected Diseases at LSTM before obtaining a Population Health Scientist Fellowship from the Medical Research Council to identify small-scale influences in geospatial patterns of vector-borne diseases in Malawi and Uganda. This fellowship was undertaken at both LSTM and Lancaster University.

Michelle obtained her MSc in Medical Statistics and PhD in Spatial Epidemiology at Lancaster University. Her PhD research included short-term forecasting of meningitis epidemics in West Africa, collaborating with colleagues at the International Research of Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. Her BSc in Mathematical Sciences was awarded by the University of Bath, which included a one-year industrial placement in the pharmaceutical industry.