Hello, I'm Mike Franklin. Until recently I was head of the Aberdeen Group of Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) but now I act as a private statistical consultant. Having spent some 30 years as a statistician in agricultural, biological and forestry research I have wide experience in the design and analysis of experiments from these fields. I think of myself as an applied statistician whose principal task is to provide solutions to investigators but I occasionally undertake personal theoretical work.
On the applied side I am co-author of numerous papers in many areas of agricultural research including both crop studies and animal nutrition. In fact my duties with BioSS meant I was responsible inter alia for providing statistical support to two research organisations - the Rowett Research Institute and the Scottish College of Agriculture. These institutes have interests which range across most aspects of agricultural research and into areas such as economics, ecology, animal science, animal and human nutrition. In support of my work in these areas I am a member of the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Nutrition and the Journal of Agricultural Science.
My principal research interests are in the statistical design and analysis of experiments. In this area I have presented various courses for scientists and for trainee statisticians. I am, for example, an honorary lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and in 1991 I was Visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Although I have practised mostly in the United Kingdom, the early part of my career was spent in Africa and this experience gave me a thorough grasp of the practical problems faced by experimenters. I am therefore well aware of the need for statisticians to produce practical solutions to the problems of researchers.