William J. Warren-Hicks



William J. Warren-Hicks

Dr. William J. Warren-Hicks is CEO of EcoStat, Inc, a small woman-owned company located in Mebane, NC. He holds a Ph.D. from Duke University in environmental statistics. He has over 30 years of experience providing consulting expertise in the areas of environmental data analysis, uncertainty analysis, Bayesian inference and decision, probabilistic risk methods, survey design, time-series modeling, messy data analysis, hypothesis testing, multivariate analyses, and model validation studies. He has over 135 peer-reviewed publications, 2 books, and 8 book chapters in the areas of environmental statistics, probabilistic modeling, decision sciences, and risk assessment. In a consulting capacity, he has managed over 300 projects for clients in both industry and government.

Recently, Dr. Warren-Hicks has focused on statistical issues in Natural Resource Damage (NRD) cases, including the Deepwater Horizon NRDA (where he was the lead statistician supporting BP), the Tittabawassee River, the Passaic River, the Hudson River, and other NRDA cases. He is working with PCBs, dioxins, furans, metals, toxic organic chemicals, and pesticides. He was recently awarded a research grant from the Pollinator Research Task Force to evaluate nectar data used to assess pollinator toxicity.

He has taught courses at Duke University and Elon University to both undergraduate and graduate students. These courses focus on the analysis of environmental data in risk-based decision making, including uncertainty analysis methods. He is the lead instructor for New Advances in Ecological Risk Assessment, given under the Continuing Education Program at Duke University. He developed a course entitled Using Monte Carlo Analysis In The Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Pesticides, a course in uncertainty analysis methods that was given multiple times to EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), individual chemical companies, and industry coalitions.  Dr. Warren-Hicks was the lead statistician to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Environmental Model Validation Task Force (FEMVTF) Statistics Committee in conducting an uncertainty analysis of the PRZM3.12 model. He has consulted on issues associated with the statistical analysis of pesticide data within a risk context for both EPA’s OPP and industry. In addition, Dr. Warren-Hicks was an invited speaker and associated lead chapter author of six SETAC Pellston Conferences including Sediment Risk Assessment, Multiple Stressors (steering committee member), Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Pesticides, Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing, Potential Risks of Plant Protection Products to Pollinators, and Uncertainty Analysis In Ecological Risk Assessment (chair, lead editor, lead conference organizer, and creator).