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Bo Li

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Contact Information

118 Illini Hall
725 S. Wright St.
M/C 374
Champaign, IL 61820
Department Chair
Marjorie Roberts Professor


I did two years post graduate scientist (post-doc) at the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe), at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO before I moved to Purdue in 2008. I moved to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013, and now I am a Marjorie Roberts Professor. I  previously held a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, an Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR) Faculty Scholar, and a Data Science Founder Professorial Scholar.


Research Interests


  • Methods
    • Univariate and multivariate spatio-temporal data modeling
    • Bayesian hierarchical modeling
    • Functional data methods
    • Copula
    • Spatial extremes
  • Applications
    • Paleoclimate reconstruction
    • Large data analysis in climatology, atmospheric and environmental science
    • Public health such as HIV, vector-born disease, and heat wave related human morbidity
    • Time series data analysis 

Research Description

My research mainly focuses on spatial and spatio-temporal statistics and environmental statistics concerning problems in climatology, atmospheric sciences, public health, forestry and agriculture.


PhD, Statistics, Texas A&M University, 2006
M.S. in Statistics, Texas A&M University, May. 2004.
M.S. in Ship and Ocean Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
B.S. in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Minor in Industrial Foreign Trade, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Chair, Statistics
Professor, Statistics
Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

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