I am a computational evolutionary biologist working as an independent contractor from a farm outside of Ottawa, Canada. My work involves software development and system administration in support of scientific research and teaching.
During my academic career, I worked on phylogenetic inference (building evolutionary trees from DNA sequences) and phyloinformatics (synthesis and management of phylogenetic data). I was lead PI of the Open Tree of Life project, which builds and keeps up to date a comprehensive tree of all life.
I am a passionate supporter of Open Science and Reproducible Science - making research data, scientific software, and publications freely available for review, use, and re-use.
In support of open and reproducible science, I teach software and data skills through The Carpentries and their lesson programs Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. The Carpentries run two-day workshops for researchers that aim to increase research efficiency through introduction of foundational skills in computational and data science.