I learned to code the hard way, on my own. That experience drives me to support community around skills and tools needed to propel data intensive science forward. We don’t all have to learn the hard way.

About Me

I am formerly trained as a remote sensing ecologist. However, early on I discovered that I enjoyed supporting others doing their science more than doing the science myself.

A Bit About Me

  • I’ve never had any training in GIS, remote sensing, data science or programming. But I love them all. Learn more efficiently on my own.
  • I’m inspired by projects with high impact on others.
  • I find coding to be relaxing. It’s like working on a puzzle - it frees my mind.
  • In my free time I run long distances in the mountains. Trails feed my soul.

I am passionate about building programs that:

  • Build diverse communities and networks in support of Open Science.
  • Support communities that are underrepresented in STEM.
  • Democratize open data science education through online learning.

Career Timeline

My career path haven’t exactly been linear but i’m psyched about where I am now!

Executive Director, pyOpenSci

September 2022

Started full time

A global diverse community that supports the tools that drive open science through open peer review, training & mentorship

Founded, pyOpenSci

Sept 2018
Brought community together to build a peer review process. Monthly community meetings held.

Director of Earth Analytics Education, EL

Sept 2016

Built and ran the earth data analytics program at CU Boulder.

Senior Supervising Scientist, NEON

Sept 2013

Build and ran the national NEON Data Skills program.

Educator for Project BudBurst, NEON

Sept 2012

Completed Ph.D @ Penn State

Sept 2012

Remote sensing ecology using LiDAR to study landuse change impacts on riparian zones.

GIS Tech: Land Analysis Lab @ Penn State


Focus: GIS Training, Data intensive photo-realistic visualization, landuse change, GPS support

AmeriCorps: Conservation Planning


Focus: Watershed planning.

Completed Masters Landscape Architecture @ Penn State

Sept 2002

Focus: Watershed planning.