I love living things, esp. when they interact with each other in large groups, and I love swimming in the data of their interactions.

Ph.D. in genetics, where I specialized in ant population genetics. Published software as part of my dissertation (R and python). From there, I went on to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where I served as a bioinformaticist, analyzing large genomic and transcriptomic datasets (using mostly R) for clients. I then attended Epicodus, a rigorous six-month software development trade school in Portland, OR to learn how to code the "right" way (javaScript, Angular, JAVA, Android).

I have since returned to biology as an instructor at Portland Community College and Clark College in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA, respectively. But, I still code whenever I can (see active github page linked to the right), including during teaching holidays as a contractor with a local wildlife computer vision non-profit called WildMe.

Recent coding projects include an Angular webapp. called, Population Fragmentation Simulator, which simulates a metapopulation experiencing a phenomenon called genetic drift (https://www.populationsimulator.com) (Angular, hosted using several AWS services). This project was accepted by the peer-reviewd Journal of Open Source Education in November, 2019 (https://jose.theoj.org/papers/10.21105/jose.00070).

Another recent passion project is called Match Annotator, which is an Angular webapp. that allows users to submit and annotate brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj) matches in order to crowd-curate vital and missing bjj performance data. This project is the first in which I have attempted to have extensive integration testing coverage (Cypress) and CI (with CircleCI).

I am very data-oriented and keen in particular on tool-making for other users, whether they are students, jiu jitsu practitioners/sports nerds, RuPaul's Drag Race fantasy league entrants, or other biologists.

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