Biography

A Scientist in training (and self-diagnosed theoretical ecologist) who loves playing outside in the mountains and wants to understand why communities are structured the way that they are. Being the maths geek nerd that I am my PhD has taken on a distinctly computational flavour and aims to help us improve our understanding and ability to make more global generalisations about ecological communities - although I sometimes find myself reverting back to my ‘microecology’ roots and getting caught up in the weeds at times 🙈. Current interests include (but are not limited to): ecological networks, species traits, the role of scale and how all that fits together as a member of the amazing (if you ask me) Poisot Lab along with a (seemingly) ever growing list of side projects.

A plant ecologist by inclination I can usually be found gushing about how cute a particular grass (or succulent) is, hanging off of the side of a mountain or going on bike-ventures to various coffee shops. When the weather forces me indoors I’m most likely spending way more time than I need to trying to automate a process that could be done in a few minutes, exercising my creative side (I produce a fortnightly comic for the Ecology for the Masses blog) or trying to find new (and pretty) ways in which to visualise data and results i.e. combining my geeky self with my artistic alter-ego.

Interests

  • Computational approaches to ecological questions
  • FAIR and Open Science
  • Data visualisation
  • Dabbling in artistic pursuits

Education

  • MSc in Ecology and Biodiversity, 2020

    Stockholms Universitet | Sweden

  • BSc (Hons) in Plant Sciences, 2017

    University of Pretoria | South Africa

Friends

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PFTCourses

Plant Functional Traits Courses

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Poisot Lab

Quantitative and computational ecology lab headed by Timothée Poisot

Recent Publications

On estimating the shape and dynamics of phenotypic distributions in ecology

Preprint
On estimating the shape and dynamics of phenotypic distributions in ecology

A Roadmap Toward Predicting Species Interaction Networks (Across Space and Time)

Preprint
A Roadmap Toward Predicting Species Interaction Networks (Across Space and Time)

Next-generation field courses: integrating Open Science and online learning

In Ecology and Evolution, Special Issue: Taking learning online in ecology and evolution
Next-generation field courses: integrating Open Science and online learning

From a crisis to an opportunity: Eight insights for doing science in the Covid-19 era and beyond

In Ecology and Evolution, Special Issue: Taking learning online in ecology and evolution
From a crisis to an opportunity: Eight insights for doing science in the Covid-19 era and beyond

Projects

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Project Wombat

Wombling (not about actual wombats); edge detection; spatial boundaries; and how we can apply this to ecological networks.

Project One Ring

What does the future of predicting networks look like? And what types of questions should we be asking?

Project Pokédex

Network reconstruction; phylogenetic inference; network embedding

Project Malcolm

Singular Value Decomposition; network complexity; network prediction and possibly some network assembly.

TidyTuesday

An R4DS weekly data project initiative emphasising the use of tidyverse to summarise and visualise data