Shannon Gutenkunst, PhD
Data Management & Visualization, Environmental Health, General Consulting

I have a background in astrophysics, scientific editing, and statistics, which helps me in my role as a statistician at the University of Arizona Statistics Consulting Lab (Stat Lab). As a physics PhD student, I analyzed data from the Spitzer Space Telescope and the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, wrote a successful proposal for time on the Hale Telescope, and published two peer-reviewed papers as part of my dissertation. After my PhD, I worked as a scientific editor before pursing my MS in Statistics. For my Master's thesis with Professor Melanie Bell, I designed and ran a simulation study analyzing how to manage missing items in the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence. I have collaborated with researchers associated with the University of Arizona Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center on projects that include carcinogens in firefighter breastmilk and in the air of beauty salons.


  • BS Physics, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • PhD Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • MS Statistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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