I'm fascinated by complex systems, they're all around us. And in Ecology, macroscale examinations reveal intriguing pattern and properties. Exciting opportunity for linking pattern to process lies in looking at their dynamics across scales, through time and space and examining the networks of interactions from which they emerge.
II'm interested in open source methodological innovation in science, particularly through skills in statistical programming, better archiving and reuse of research software and data. My favourite tool is the R statistical programming language, which integrates invaluable modern practices like version control and open curation of research materials and diverse research outputs like data visualisation and interactivity. From more details see myresources page or check out my work onGitHub.
I'm also interested in how such open practices can be used to build capacity through facilitating peer to peer training, knowledge exchange and collaboration across open community networks.
WHY I get out of bed
I love to troubleshoot and am drawn to challenges involving systems and processes with a natural urge to tinker and refine.
I love to teach, have supervised field trips and have taught introductory statistics in R as well as co-developing a workshop on Data management and Open Science in R.
I am excited and positive by the rise of openness. Openness in data, in the scientific process, in access to information, expertise and advice, funding and markets.
In turn, I'm excited to be a member of vibrant open science communities. I was a member of the inaugural Mozilla Science Lab Open Leaders cohort a mentor on subsequent training rounds. I also help organise the Sheffield R users group.
Finally, I'm under no illusion that developments don't come with new and significant challenges of their own, but I welcome them.
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