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.
Currently, I teach classes in the Data Analytics program, including Introduction to Data Analytics (DA 101) and Practicum in Data Analytics (DA 301). In these classes we work on core skills across the areas mentioned above, using hands-on problem-based learning techniques. Students also learn strategies for project management, team collaboration, and both technical and non-technical scientific communication.
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. I completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship investigating changing biodiversity and body size distribution across spatial and temporal scales, with sponsoring scientists Brian McGill and Nicholas Gotelli. Prior to that, I was a postdoc with Catherine Graham at Stony Brook University, where we investigated the impacts of climate change on hummingbird migration, distribution, and diversity. My graduate work was with the Weecology Group at Utah State University, focused temporal trends in ecological communities, and on facilitating collaborative research across scientific and academic boundaries.
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