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Scotland C. Leman

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs


  • Ph.D., Statistics, April 2007, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    Dissertation Title: "On Evolutionary Theory, Inference, And Simulation: A Genealogical
    Perspective "
  • M.S., Statistics, January 2005, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • M.S., Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics, May 2003, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California USA
  • B.S., Mathematics, May, 2001 (Cum Laude, Honors), University of California, at Davis, Davis, California USA

Awards & Honors

  • Mu Sigma Rho, National Honor Society, 2008
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, 2000
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society, 2000
  • Golden Key, National Honor Society, 2000
  • Research Training Program (RTP) graduate, UC Davis, 2000
  • Graduated Cum Laude, Honors in Mathematics, 2001
  • Mu Sigma Rho, Statistics Honor Society, 2007

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA)
  • The American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • Data Analytics: STAT 5525 (2013)
  • Stochastic Modeling and Inference: STAT 6124 (2013)
  • Advanced Data Analytics: STAT 5226 (2012)
  • Statistical Simulation: STAT 5304 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012)
  • Bayesian Statistics: STAT 5444 (2007, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011)
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Visual analytics
  • Large scale stochastic simulation
  • Statistical genetics
  • Molecular evolution
  • Epidemiology 
  • Coalescence theory
  • Branching processes
  • Time series analysis
  • Hierarchical modeling
  • Data augmentation
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo methods
  • Mixing theory
  • Importance sampling methodology
  • House, L. and Leman, S. (2014). Analytical Attire. In AMSTAT News, volume 439, pages 32-33. American Statistical Association.
  • Hu, X., Bradel, L., Maiti, D., House, L., North, C., and Leman, S.C. (2013). Semantics of Directly Manipulating Spatializations, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 19(12):2052-2059.
  • Caroline L. Monteil, David Studholme, Scotland C. Leman, Cindy Moris, Boris Vinatzer; Non-agricultural reservoirs contribute to emergence and evolution of Pseudomonas syringae crop pathogens. New Phytologist 2013 Aug;199(3):800-11. 
  • Elaine Nsoesie, Scotland Leman; A Dirichlet Process Model for Prediction of Epidemic Curves,BMC Infectious Diseases (2014), 14:12.
  • Marakeby H, Badr E, Torkey H, Song Y, Leman S, et al. (2014) A System to Automatically Classify and Name Any Individual Genome-Sequenced Organism Independently of Current Biological Classification and Nomenclature. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89142.
  • Clarke CR, Chinchilla D, Hind SR, Taguchi F, Miki R, Ichinose Y, Martin GB, Leman S, Felix G, Vinatzer BAr; Allelic Variation in FLS2-Dependent Detection of Two Distinct Epitopes of Pseudomonas Syringae Flagellin by Plants. New Phytologist. 2013 Nov;200(3):847-60.
  • Scotland Leman, Leanna House, Dipayan Maiti, Alex Endert, Chris North; Visual to Parametric Interaction. PLoS ONE, 8(3): e50474. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050474
  • Scotland Leman, Leanna House, Improving Mr. Myagi's Coaching Style: Teaching Data Analytics with Interactive Data Visualizations. Chance (2012), 25:2, 4-12, 2012
  • Ciro Velasco-Cruz, Scotland Leman, Eric P. Smith (2012); Assessing the Risk of Rising Temperature on Brook Trout: A Spatial Dynamic Linear Risk Model. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics (JABES), DOI: 10.1007/s13253-012-0088-8
  • Cai R, Yan S, Haijie L, Leman S, Vinatzer BA, Reconstructing Host Range Evolution of Bacterial Plant Pathogens Using Pseudomonas Syringae pv. Tomato and Its Close Relatives as a Model. Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2011) 11(7):1738-51
  • Rongman Cai, James Lewis, Shuangchun Yan, Haijie Liu, Cristopher R. Clarke, Francesco Campanile, Nalvo F. Almeida, David J. Studholme, Magdalen Lindeberg, David Schneider, Massimo Zaccardelli, Joao C. Setubal, Nadia P. Morales-Lizcano, Adriana Bernal, Gitta Coaker, Christy Baker, Carol L. Bender, Scotland Leman, Boris A. Vinatzer, The plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato is genetically monomorphic and under strong selection to evade tomato immunity,
    Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens (2011), 7(8):e1002130.
  • Alex Endert, Seth Fox, Dipayan Maiti, Scotland Leman and Chris North, The Semantics of Clustering: Analysis of User-Generated Spatializations of Text Documents. Advanced Visual Interfaces 2012 (AVI2012) (2011), 978-1-4503-1287-5
  • Endert, A., Han, C., Maiti, D., House, L., Leman, S., North, C., Observation-level Interaction with Statistical Models for Visual Analytics. IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) (2011), 978-1-4673-0015-5
  • Maria V Sharakhova, Ai Xia, Scotland C Leman and Igor V Sharakhov, Arm-Specific Dynamics of Chromosome Evolution in Malaria Mosquitoes, BioMed Central (BMC) Evolutionary Biology (2011) 11:91.
  • Sharakhova MV, George P, Brusentsova IV, Leman SC, Bailey JA, Smith CD, Sharakhov IV, Genome mapping and characterization of the Anopheles gambiae heterochromatin, BMC Genomics, (2010), 11:459
  • Ai Xia, Maria V. Sharakhova, Scotland C. Leman, Zhijian Tu, Jerey A. Bailey, Christopher D. Smith, and Igor V. Sharakhov, Genome Landscape and Evolutionary Plasticity of Chromosomes in Malaria Mosquitoes, PLoS One (2010), 5(5): e10592
  • Almeida, N. F.*, Yan, S.*, Cai, R.*, Clarke, C. R.*, Morris, C. E., Schaad, N. W., Lacy, G. H., Jones, J. B., Castillo, J. A., Bull, C. T., Leman, S., Guttman, D. S., Setubal, J. C., Vinatzer, B. A., A Multilocus sequence typing & analysis database and website for plant-associated and plant-pathogenic microorganisms. Phytopathology, (2010), 100(3), pp. 208-215, 2010
  • Leman, S., Levy, F., Walker, E., Modeling The Spread Of Infectious Disease Using Genetic Information Within A Marked Branching Process. Statistics in Medicine, (2009), 28(29): 3581 - 3717
  • Leman, S., Chen, Y., Lavine, M. (2009), The Multiset Sampler. Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA), (2009), 104(487): 1029-1041
  • Levy, F., Leman, S. Walker, E., Nosocomial transmission clusters and risk factors in Moraxella catarrhalis. Epidemiology and Infection (2009), 137(4):581-90.
  • Leman, S., Uyenoyama, M.K., Chen, Y., Lavine, M (2007). The Evolutionary Forest Algorithm. Bioinformatics, (2007), 23(15):1962-1968,
  • Leman, S., Chen, Y., Stajich, J. E., Noor, M. A. F., and Uyenoyama, M. K. (2005). Likelihoods from summary statistics: A Recent Divergence Between Species. Genetics, (2005), 171(3):1419-1436.
Scotland C. Leman

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

401-A Hutcheson Hall (MC 0439) 
250 Drillfield Drive 
Blacksburg, VA