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Although I still have some writing to do, I have accepted a position as a data scientist with Farmers Business Network. I’m excited about the opportunity to help improve the lives of farmers while continuing to learn new skills. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss ecology, data science, or the transition from academia to industry.

The five-ish years I’ve spent working toward a PhD have been incredibly rewarding. I’m deeply indebted to the countless grad students, postdocs, and faculty who helped along the way. I’m grateful to those who did their best to teach me how to be a successful researcher, generously provided me with opportunities, and were resources for both professional and personal development. To loosely quote the best researcher I ever had the pleasure to beat at squash, I’m proud to call you friends, not colleagues.

 

As a researcher, I used mathematical, statistical, and computational tools to study how ecological communities respond to environmental changes. Much of my work focused on mutualistic and competitive communities. The primary system for my research was the coral reef ecosystem, with mutualistic associations between corals and Symbiodinium (or zooxanthellae) and competitive associations between corals, macroalgae, and other benthic organisms. However, I also had several side projects on population dynamics and species interactions in different systems, and I was lucky to collaborate with a number of fantastic researchers (see my Research page).