Course instructors

Dr Alain F Zuur

Alain studied Mathematics at the University of Groningen (1990-1996) in The Netherlands. After doing a traineeship at TNO-Delft he started his career at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) which funded his PhD in time series analysis applied on ecological data. During his PhD he was partly based at the University of Aberdeen (UK) under the supervision of Prof Ian Jolliffe.

After finishing his PhD, Alain worked for 5 years as a statistical consultant at FRS Marine Laboratory (2000 - 2005) in Aberdeen. He founded Highland Statistics Ltd. in 2002. From giving 1 course in 2002 he now teaches 25 courses per year all over the world, together with his co-instructor Dr. Elena Ieno. They have been teaching over 300 courses and more than 7,500 participants since 2002. The three books they published with Springer in 2007 and 2009 were certainly the catalyst to their success. Alain has authored and co-authored another 7 books on applied statistics. Since 2017 Alain is guest-employee at NIOZ.

Alain became a proud father of Aidan and Naila in the summer of 2017, and enjoys life with his Caribbean wife Nandi. They live in a small town (Newburgh) on the Scottish northeast coast, close to the Ythan estuary with 2,000 seals.


Dr. Elena N. Ieno

Elena is a senior marine biologist with over 15 years of experience in teaching statistics to biologists and environmental scientists. Shortly after finishing her postdoc at the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom), she left academia to work full time as a statistics instructor and has shown she can bridge the gap between the two disciplines and dispel the dread of statistics often experience by biologists.

Elena has authored and co-authored 10 books on the analysis of ecological data and she has also written two case study chapters on the analysis of time series applied on environmental indices and forensic entomology.

Elena lives in a sunny area along the Spanish Mediterranean coast of Alicante and shares her life with an enthusiastic chemist, Walter.

Dr Elena Ieno (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) teaching in Darwin, Australia.