Joanne is a highly regarded statistician, having completed both her Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne) and PhD studies in applied statistics
(University of St Andrews, Scotland). She has extensive work experience as a statistician within government agencies, academia and private industry.
Since 2012, Joanne has run her own statistical consulting firm, The Analytical Edge Pty. Ltd., based in southern Tasmania. During this time, she has worked on a variety of nationally and internationally funded projects for state and federal government agencies, NGOs, private industry and academic researchers, advising on optimal survey design for data collection and ensuring management actions are guided by statistically robust analyses and results. The diversity of her role is vast, having developed statistical methods to estimate density of cryptic species, to methods in biosecurity settings for predicting disease spread.