Miss Daisy Alice Shepherd

MSc in Statistics; BSc with First class Honours in Statistics (University of Auckland); BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (University of Auckland)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I joined the Department of Statistics as a PhD student in March 2015, under the supervision of Dr Steffen Klaere and Dr Stéphane Guindon.  In 2012 I was awarded a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Mathematics and Statistics, and later received a First Class Honours in Statistics (2013), both from the University of Auckland.  My research primarily focuses on the dual discipline of bioinformatics and statistics, with key focus on the topic of phylogenetics.

Originally from the UK, I moved to New Zealand intending on only completing my undergraduate degree here.  However, a combination of the lifestyle and academic opportunities have made NZ my home since 2008.

Teaching | Current

100-level assistance for STATS 10X (Introduction to Statistics) and STATS 125 (Probability).

200-level assistance for STATS 20X (Data Analysis), STATS 210 (Statistical Theory) and STATS 255 (Operations Research).



Department of Statistics PhD Scholarship, UoA (2015 - 2018).

Faculty of Science Masters Award, UoA (2014).

Department of Statistics Summer research Scholarship, UoA (2012-2013).


First place student presentation, Australasian Region IBS conference (2015).

Second place, Faculty of Science poster competition (2016). Poster titled OV-Distance: Simple, But Effective?

High distinction poster award, Faculty of Science poster competition (2015).  Poster titled Sliding Through Phylogenetics.

Second place student presentation, Honours and Masters research presentations, UoA Statistics Department (2013).


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shepherd, D. A. (2015). Detecting Heterogeneity in Phylogenetic Inference: Exploring the Sliding Window Approach The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28527