I earned my PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I modeled the causes of species diversity patterns in urban, fragmented ecosystems around the globe. This work was part of my broader interest in the spatial ecology of species’ interactions with their environments, and in using computational tools to analyze the causes of ecological patterns in nature.
I am currently a data scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). I build mobile data collection applications to collect high quality continental-scale ecological data, and software tools to clean, process and analyze large quantities of information. My work enhances data quility and availability, so NEON data may be reliably used by scientists worldwide to better understand the responses of communities and ecosystems to such disturbances as climate and land-use change.
I have a strong and varied skill set related to computational programming for big data analysis, statistics, visualization, database management, and other techniques critical to processing data and converting them to useful and digestible information.