Dr Ben R Fitzpatrick



  • PhD Statistics, QUT
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology & Zoology, UWA.

Research Interests:

  • Applied Statistics
  • High Dimensional Variable Selection
  • Visualisation
  • Ecology
  • Pedology

PhD Project Description:

CRCSI Biomass Business (4.12): PhD Project 3.1 –  Subset selection and spatial inference for soil carbon.

My PhD research focused on quantifying soil carbon stocks at an individual paddock scale. I am explored methods to model small numbers of geostatistical observations of soil carbon with broad collections of environmental data all available at much finer spatial resolutions than the soil carbon data. The aim of this modelling was to use these high resolution environmental data to assist the interpolation of the soil carbon observations to full cover maps. I am also interested in visualisation methods to communicate predictions from models, the uncertainty associated with these predictions and the mechanics of the models producing these predictions.



Fitzpatrick, B. R., Lamb, D. W., & Mengersen, K. (2016). Ultrahigh Dimensional Variable Selection for Interpolation of Point Referenced Spatial Data: A Digital Soil Mapping Case Study . PLoS ONE 11(9): e0162489.

Langlois, T. J., Fitzpatrick, B. R., Fairclough, D. V., Wakefield, C. B., Hesp, S. A., McLean, D. L., Harvey, E. S., Meeuwig, Jessica J. (2012). Similarities between Line Fishing and Baited Stereo-Video Estimations of Length-Frequency: Novel Application of Kernel Density Estimates. (D. M. Bailey, Ed.) PLoS ONE, 7(11).


Fitzpatrick, B. R. & Mengersen, K. (2017). A network flow approach to visualising the roles of covariates in random forests.

Fitzpatrick, B. R., Lamb, D. W., & Mengersen, K. (2016). Assessing Site Effects and Geographic Transferability when Interpolating Point Referenced Spatial Data: A Digital Soil Mapping Case Study.


forestviews: an R package for visualising the paths through random forests with Sankey diagrams and parallel coordinates plots.

Other Pages:





Personal Homepage



PhD Final Seminar

Poster at CRC for Spatial Information Conference 2016.

Brisbane Users of R Group Meetup

Group R Tips Blog: One weiRd tip

Introduction to R Short Course, 2015 Edition

Thesis in 3 talk at the CRCSI 2014 Conference.

Visualisation Workshop

Links to R Resources

Visualisation Talk

RGL Shenanigans

Introduction to R Course

R Tips

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