Bernard Ricca, Ph.D.

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Bernard Ricca, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor
Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience


Dr. Ricca is a physicist by training, a former secondary mathematics and science teacher, a teacher educator for more than twenty years, and most recently, an Associate Professor of Statistics. Throughout all of those professional activities, he has always been a data scientist interested in nonlinear systems and enjoys working with messy and complex data sets.

Research Interests

Dr. Ricca's main research interest involves the application of complex systems thinking – using notions more inspired by biological, developmental, and emergentist ideas than by mechanistic and predictive ideas - to social science contexts. He is especially interested in developing and refining methods by which complex systems may be studied. Additionally, he is interested in STEM teaching and learning.


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