Professor, Department of Statistics
Big Data, Economics & Political Science, Geospatial/GIS, Remote Sensing, Social Sciences, Statistics
Abel was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where he obtained his undergraduate degrees at Universidad Católica Andres Bello and Universidad Simón Bolívar, majoring in Law and Industrial Engineering, respectively. He also received an MS in Statistics from Universidad Simón Bolívar in 2000, as well as an MA in Economics and a PhD in Statistics from Duke University in 2007. Before joining the University of Washington, Abel was a faculty member in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) between 2007 and 2020. At UCSC, he also served in several administrative roles, including as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in the Baskin School of Engineering and as Directors of the Center for Data, Discovery and Decisions. His research focuses on Bayesian statistical methods and their application in various areas of the social and environmental sciences.