I am an ecologist and data scientist with a passion for learning new things. I try to live by Feynman’s First Principal: you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. That’s how I first became interested in statistics, the philosophy of science, and reproducible research in computational science. My love of building things and solving puzzles hooked me on programming, and I’ve found R to be a particularly good fit to my interests in ecological statistics and data visualization.
I think that some of the most interesting challenges in ecology right now pertain to how we make can make the best inference from the wealth of data readily available to us. Two of those challenges are particularly interesting to me: spatially explicit inference, and data of uncertain or heterogeneous quality.
When I’m not at a computer or spending time with my family, I prefer to be outside. I’m a trail runner, and I usually take a camera with me because it encourages me to stop and look around more. Most of the photos in the Gallery were taken on runs.
MSc in Biology, 2014
New Mexico State University
BA in Photocommunications, 1998
Saint Edward's University
Extensive experience with data analysis, wrangling, visualization, and reproducible research.
Completed coursework for doctoral minor in statistics. Advanced work in Bayesian methods.
Designed and implemented Avian Genomes Database with PostgreSQL. Wrote queries for researchers.
Contributor to the Graph Model Library for MCMC estimation of probabilistic graph models.
Moderate experience visualizing and analyzing spatial data and creating maps.
Rusty, but would like to pick it back up.
Excited to learn!
Experienced with Linux, NetBSD, MacOS.
Who needs a GUI?
Git or Mercurial? Just pick one and let’s get to work!
A reason to run trails
A reason to take pictures
I used to work with medium and large format film cameras, but most of the places I want to photograph are not easily accessible, even on foot. So I worked out a method for producing high-resolution images with equipment that’s easy to carry, even on a six hour trail run. Most of the photos in this gallery were taken on runs using a compact Sony RX100 digital camera. The panoramas were stiched later using AutoPano Giga.