Dr Michelle Sims
Research Fellow in Applied Statistics
Current research projects
- The effectiveness of mass media campaigns in reducing smoking, second-hand smoke, exposure and smoking-related disease in England & Wales
Michelle joined the University of Bath in 2008. Her research focuses on the evaluation of tobacco policies, including the English smokefree legislation and anti-smoking mass media campaigns.
Michelle obtained her PhD in statistics with Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland and the University of Aberdeen in 2005. Before joining the University of Bath, she worked as a statistician in the fields of ecology and marine biology, with posts at the British Antarctic Survey and Duke University Marine Laboratory. Her research interest is in applied statistics, specialising in time series analysis and multi-level modelling.
- Applied Statistics
Sims, M. and Gilmore, A., 2012. From tobacco control research to policy: the example of smoke-free legislation in England. In: Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in Public Health. , p. 15.
Gilmore, A., Sims, M. and Jarvis, M., 2010. Passive smoking in UK children. In: Britton, J. and Edwards, R., eds. Passive smoking and children: a report of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians. London, U. K.: Royal College of Physicians, pp. 21-39.
Sims, M., Elston, D. A. and Larkham, A., 2005. Using mixed models to smooth regression coefficients corresponding to inter-correlated explanatory variables: an application to weather covariates. In: Francis, A. R., Matawie, K. M., Oshlack, A. and Smyth, G. K., eds. Statistical Solutions to Modern Problems. Proceedings of the 20th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling. Statistical Modelling Society, p. 5.
Sims, M., Mindell, J. S., Jarvis, M. J., Feyerabend, C., Wardle, H. and Gilmore, A., 2012. Did smokefree legislation in England reduce exposure to secondhand smoke among nonsmoking adults? Cotinine analysis from the health survey for England. Environmental Health Perspectives, 120 (3), pp. 425-430.
Evans, K.A., Sims, M., Judge, K. and Gilmore, A., 2012. Assessing the knowledge of the potential harm to others caused by second-hand smoke and its impact on protective behaviours at home. Journal of Public Health, 34 (2), pp. 183-194.
Evans, K., Sims, M., Judge, K. and Gilmore, A., 2012. Assessing the knowledge of the potential harm to others caused by secondhand smoke and its impact on protective behaviours in the home. Journal of Public Health, 34 (2), pp. 183-194.
Sims, M., Gilmore, A. and Bauld, L., 2012. England's legislation on smoking in indoor public places and workplaces: impact on the most exposed children. Addiction, 107 (11), pp. 2009-2016.
Renner, H. M., Reynolds, J. H., Sims, M. and Renner, M., 2011. Evaluating the power of surface attendance counts to detect long-term trends in populations of crevice-nesting auklets. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 177 (1-4), pp. 665-679.
Jarvis, M. J., Sims, M., Gilmore, A. and Mindell, J., 2011. Impact of smoke-free legislation on children's exposure to second-hand smoke: cotinine data from the Health Survey for England. Tobacco Control, 21 (1), pp. 18-23.
Žydelis, R., Lewison, R. L., Shaffer, S. A., Moore, J. E., Boustany, A. M., Roberts, J. J., Sims, M., Dunn, D. C., Best, B. D., Tremblay, Y., Kappes, M. A., Halpin, P. N., Costa, D. P. and Crowder, L. B., 2011. Dynamic habitat models: using telemetry data to project fisheries bycatch. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Epub ahead of print.
Stewart, K., Sims, M., Meylan, A., Witherington, B., Brost, B. and Crowder, L. B., 2011. Leatherback nests increasing significantly in Florida, USA; trends assessed over 30 years using multilevel modeling. Ecological Applications, 21 (1), pp. 263-273.
Sims, M., Tomkins, S., Judge, K., Taylor, G., Jarvis, M. J. and Gilmore, A., 2010. Trends in and predictors of second-hand smoke exposure indexed by cotinine in children in England from 1996 to 2006. Addiction, 105 (3), pp. 543-553.
Sims, M., Maxwell, R., Bauld, L. and Gilmore, A., 2010. Short term impact of smoke-free legislation in England: retrospective analysis of hospital admissions for myocardial infarction. BMJ, 340, c2161.
Sims, M., Bjorkland, R., Mason, P. and Crowder, L. B., 2008. Statistical power and sea turtle nesting beach surveys: How long and when? Biological Conservation, 141 (12), pp. 2921-2931.
Sims, M., Cox, T. and Lewison, R., 2008. Modeling spatial patterns in fisheries bycatch: Improving bycatch maps to aid fisheries management. Ecological Applications, 18 (3), pp. 649-661.
Sims, M., Elston, D. A., Harris, M. P. and Wanless, S., 2007. Incorporating variance uncertainty into a power analysis of monitoring designs. Journal of Agricultural Biological and Environmental Statistics, 12 (2), pp. 236-249.
Sims, M., Elston, D. A., Larkham, A., Nussey, D. H. and Albon, S. D., 2007. Identifying when weather influences life-history traits of grazing herbivores. Journal of Animal Ecology, 76 (4), pp. 761-770.
Sims, M., Wanless, S., Harris, M. P., Mitchell, P. I. and Elston, D. A., 2006. Evaluating the power of monitoring plot designs for detecting long-term trends in the numbers of common guillemots. Journal of Applied Ecology, 43 (3), pp. 537-546.
Crossland, M., Sims, M., Galbraith, R. F. and Rubin, S., 2004. Evaluation of a new quantitative technique to assess the number and extent of preferred retinal loci in macular disease. Vision Research, 44 (13), pp. 1537-1546.
Reid, K., Sims, M., White, R. and Gillon, K., 2004. Spatial distribution of predator/prey interactions in the Scotia Sea: implications for measuring predator/fisheries overlap. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 51 (12-13), pp. 1383-1396.
Conference or Workshop Items
Christman, M., Hall, D., Hall, M., Kinas, P., Lennert-Cody, C., Manly, B., McCracken, M., Minami, M., Sims, M. and Thompson, S., 2008. Workshop on turtle bycatch mitigation for longline fisheries: Experimental design and data analysis. In: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC, 2008), 2007-11-07 - 2007-11-08, San Ramón, Alajuela.