Dr Patricia Menéndez is a mathematical statistician working at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Patricia's education is in mathematics and statistics and she received her Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) in 2009. Prior to that, she was a MEXT fellow at Okayama University in Okayama, Japan. Her research interests include irregularly spaced time series, statistical inference, machine learning, data visualisation, and data analysis. She has worked on multidisciplinary projects to answer research and policymaking questions in the fields of ecology and environmental sciences besides criminology, social scientific research, and genetic modelling. She has expertise developing and applying statistical methodology and computational methods as well as carrying out statistical and computing training to statisticians and non-statisticians. She is very passionate about the application and development of statistical methodology to solve real life problems and bringing statistical knowledge closer to other disciplines.