“R and friends for better science in less time in big (and small) team collaborations.”

Tuesday, November 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Physics/Astronomy Auditorium, room A118

Julia Stewart Lowndes, Ph.D., data scientist, Mozilla Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), USA, founding director of Openscapes and science program lead of the Ocean Health Index, and co-founder of Eco-DataScience and R-Ladies Santa Barbara.

[Watch a recording of this seminar on YouTube after it occurs.]

Abstract

R has demonstrable potential to accelerate scientific research, since it not only provides powerful analytical tools that increase reproducibility but also creates a new frontier for communication when combined with the open web. But thus far, the power of R and friends have largely been harnessed by individuals; how do we harness this power as teams in science, big and small? I will discuss how our Ocean Health Index team dramatically improved how we work by creating an analytical workflow with R – and by peer-learning and peer-teaching the skillsets we needed on-the-job by engaging with the broader #rstats and #openscience communities (Lowndes et al. 2017; Nature Ecology & Evolution). I will also discuss Openscapes, which I developed as a Mozilla Fellow: Openscapes is a mentorship program to engage and empower science teams with open data science tools and practices (openscapes.org). With both the Ocean Health Index and Openscapes, my work aims to help catalyze the fundamental shift needed in scientific culture where we value and prioritize data science, collaboration, and open practices, and provide training and support for our emerging scientific leaders – not only as individuals, but as teams.

Bio

Julia Stewart Lowndes Ph.D., is a marine ecologist, data scientist, and Mozilla Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), USA. As founding director of Openscapes and science program lead of the Ocean Health Index, and co-founder of Eco-Data-Science and R-Ladies Santa Barbara, she works to increase the value and practice of environmental open data science. She earned her PhD at Stanford University in 2012 studying drivers and impacts of Humboldt squid in a changing climate.

This event is open to the public.