Biography

I am an ecologist and data scientist with an interest in using data science techniques for conservation outcomes.

My scientific work has focussed on measuring and understanding the impacts of environmental change on natural systems, particularly the impacts of climate change. I completed my Ph.D. at the Australian National University with Dr. Martijn van de Pol and Dr. Naomi Langmore, focussing on the impacts of increased flooding on the Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus). Since then my work has included analysis of extreme heat impacts in semi-arid environments and advancing reproductive timing in European passerines.

My scientific work has always involved data science, including programming in R and SQL, statistical analyses, and GIS. In 2019 I officially branched out into the world of data science, first as lead developer for the SPI-Birds Network and Database and then in a corporate setting with the language learning app Babbel.

I am now based in Berlin as a post-doc at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, using agent-based modelling to understand the impacts of management strategies on the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta). In my free time I coordinate the Berlin chapter of CorrelAid using data for good.

Interests

  • Data for Good
  • Data Visualisation
  • Climate change ecology

Education

  • PhD in Ecology, 2017

    Australian National Unveristy

  • BEnvSc in Biology, First Class Honours, 2011

    Monash University, Melbourne

Skills

R

90%

Statistics

80%

Python

60%

GIS

70%

git

70%

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

DFG Eigene-Stelle Post-doctoral researcher

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Apr 2020 – Present Berlin, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Data scientist

Babbel

Nov 2019 – Apr 2020 Berlin, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Data manager (SPI-Birds)

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) & Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

May 2019 – Nov 2019 Wageningen, Netherlands & Trondheim, Norway
 
 
 
 
 

DAAD Post-doctoral Fellow

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)

Mar 2018 – Mar 2019 Berlin, Germany
 
 
 
 
 

Endeavour Post-doctoral Fellow

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Sep 2017 – Feb 2018 Wageningen, Netherlands
 
 
 
 
 

Ph.D. Ecology

Australian National University

Jan 2013 – May 2017 Canberra, Australia
 
 
 
 
 

BEnvSc in Biology, First Class Honours

Monash University

Jan 2007 – Oct 2011 Melbourne, Australia

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