Professor Caitlin E. Buck

School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Sheffield
Hicks Building
S3 7RH
United Kingdom

Phone:  +44 114 222 3715 (direct line)
Phone:  +44 114 222 3752 (School office)
Fax:  +44 114 222 3809

Biographical information

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Archaeological Science from the University of Bradford in 1987. I then joined a collaborative team of archaeologists and statisticians at the University of Nottingham, working as a research assistant on a number of projects and completing a part-time PhD in statistics in 1994. My PhD thesis title was: Towards Bayesian Archaeology.

From Nottingham I moved to Cardiff University to take up a post as Lecturer in Computing in the School of History and Archaeology (1994-2001). During that time, I continued my research on the application of statistics to archaeology and moved to the University of Sheffield in mid-2001.

Since arriving in Sheffield I have continued my research at the interface between archaeology and statistics and have broadened my horizons to work on the application of Bayesian statistical methods to a range of issues in palaeo-environmental science.

Research interests

My recent and ongoing research interests include:

I am also the co-ordinator of a project which provides the on-line Bayesian radiocarbon calibration software known as BCal - Researchers from around the world are welcome to use the service for any radiocarbon calibration that might benefit from the integration of chronological information from a range of sources.

Previous research work has included:


My teaching responsibilities vary from year-to-year, but I am generally responsible for training in applied statistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Current and previous PhD students and their project titles

Some recent publications

I am also co-author of:

and co-editor of:

Personal interests

In my spare time I cook, garden and brew beer. What I like most is growing vegetables, utilising the produce to cook vegetarian dishes from around the world and sharing the results with groups of friends - especially if they happen to like home brewed beer and wine. Fortunately, given the other interests, I also swim on my way to work!

This page is maintained by Caitlin Buck and was last updated Jan 2016.