Dr Patricia Menéndez

Dr Patricia Menéndez

Statistician - developing and applying statistical methodology and computational methods to a range of multidisciplinary projects.

Contact Information

Phone (07) 4753 4384
Int +61 7 47534384
Email p.menendez@aims.gov.au


Dr Patricia Menéndez is a mathematical statistician working at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. Patricia has experience working in multidisciplinary projects to answer research and policy-making questions in the fields of ecology, palaeo ecology, environmental sciences as well as in crime, social research and genetic modelling. She has expertise developing and applying statistical methodology and computational methods to a range of collaborative projects as well as carrying out statistical and computing training to statisticians and non statisticians. Her research interests are on the application and development of statistical methodology to solve real life problems and bringing statistical knowledge closer to other disciplines.


2009 PhD Mathematical Statistics ETH, Zurich (Switzerland)
2002 MSc Mathematics and Statistics, University of Valladolid (Spain)


Develop mathematical and statistical methodology to answer marine related research questions.
Apply and develop computational methods to understand marine processes.
Statistical consultancy and training.

For students/volunteers: 

If you are interested in stats, data science, machine learning and data visualisation please feel free to contact me.


Statistics and Modelling AIMS Group (co-founder). 
Member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). 
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, ACEMS 
Member of the Environmetrics Society. 
Member of the International Statistical Institute.


Chan WY, Peplow LM, Menéndez P, Hoffmann AA, van Oppen MJH (2018) Interspecific hybridisation provides novel opportunities for coral reef restoration. Frontiers in Marine Science (in press)

Sato Y, Bell S, Nichols C, Menéndez P, Bourne D (2018) Early-phase dynamics in coral recovery following cyclone disturbance on the inshore Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs (in press)

Lonborg C, Doyle J, Furnas M, Menéndez P, Benthuysen J, Carreira C (2017) Seasonal organic matter dynamics in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon: Contribution of carbohydrates and proteins. Continental Shelf Research 138: 95-105

Menéndez P, Fan Y, Garthwaite PH, Sisson SA (2014) Simultaneous adjustment of bias and coverage probabilities for confidence intervals. Computational Statistics Data Analysis 70: 35-44

Menéndez P, Ghosh S, Kuensch HR, Tinner W (2013) On trend estimation under monotone Gaussian subordination with long-memory: application to fossil pollen series. Journal of Nonparametric Statistics 25(4): 765-785

Menéndez P, Eilers P, Tikunov Y, Bovy A, van Eeuwijk F (2012) Penalized regression techniques for modeling relationships between metabolites and tomato taste attributes. Euphytica 183(3): 379-387

Zumbrunnen T, Menéndez P, Bugmann H, Conedera M, Gimmi U, Burgi M (2012) Human impacts on fire occurrence: a case study of hundred years of forest fires in a dry alpine valley in Switzerland. Regional Environmental Change 12(4): 935-949

Menéndez P, Kourmpetis YAI, ter Braak CJF, van Eeuwijk FA (2010) Gene regulatory networks from multifactorial perturbations using Graphical Lasso: A DREAM4 challenge. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14147

Menéndez P, Ghosh S, Beran J (2010) On rapid change points under long memory. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 140(11): 3343-3354