I am an Assistant Professor of Data Analytics at Denison University. Data Analytics is an exciting new major, taught from a liberal arts perspective. In the Data Analytics major, we combine data wrangling, statistical/analytical approaches, and programming skills with overarching foundations in ethics, communication, and creative problem solving. I’m excited to be here joining my passions of teaching reproducible research and data skills with ecological investigation.

I teach and develop courses in the Data Analytics program. In these classes we work on core skills for data science, using hands-on problem-based learning techniques. Students also learn strategies for project management, team collaboration, and both technical and non-technical scientific communication, while also connecting to the liberal arts through  artistic perspective, ethical challenges, historical development, and social justice issues.

In my research, I’m broadly interested in theoretical and experimental ecology across scales, particularly at the community – ecosystem interface. I’m also generally interested in unifying theories, community ecology, natural history, and publication practices. My current research focuses on biodiversity change across the planet, the native-invasive spread of eastern red cedar, and introducing data education concepts in undergraduate biology classrooms. I’ve been fortunate to conduct field research in beautiful locations in the southwest, to research hummingbird diversity and migration, and to evaluate long-term trends in small mammal and plant communities.

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Data Analytics | Ecology