I am a facilitator for the Data Science Hub which is a part of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

I did my doctorate work in the McMahon Lab studying freshwater microbes in lakes in Wisconsin as part of the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. This work was done in collaboration with the DOE Joint Genome Institute. My research interests, very generally, include Microbial Ecology, Genomics, Environmental Microbiology, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics, and Limnology.

I am passionate about reproducible research and open science and thus over the years I taught many of my labmates and other graduate students to use unix/command-line, python/R, and version control. This experience helped me discover my own interest in teaching researchers computational skills. Along that line, I teach Carpentries workshops and during my graudate work I started a community of practice called Computation Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (ComBEE) group on the UW-Madison campus. ComBEE provides an opportunity for researchers to discuss new computational tools and learn bioinformatics skills together. They also host both a python and R study groups on a bi-weekly basis.

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