COVID-19 pushed me to try something new in my classroom, and I loved it!

In March (which feels like years ago, now), when Universities started seriously thinking about their response to COVID-19, I was teaching Ecological Models and Data as instructor of record and finishing my dissertation up.

Hacking GLMs to fit population growth models

I’m currently teaching Ecological Statistics and Data, a class I inherited from Lee Brown and Elizabeth Crone. In a lecture on population dynamics, they do some really cool things with generalized linear model—things that I don’t think are standard practice and as far as I can tell from googling, aren’t well documented.

Tea Science Tuesday

Tea Science Tuesdays are Instagram live streams where I’ll talk informally about some aspect of tea science while enjoying some tea. Each week, there will be a topic, a suggested tea if you want to drink along, and a suggested “reading” (sometimes a video).

My first R package is on CRAN!

I woke up this morning to an email saying my first R package, holodeck, was on it’s way to CRAN! It’s a humble package, providing a framework for quickly slapping together test data with different degrees of correlation between variables and differentiation among levels of a categorical variable.

RStudio::conf reflections

This was my first time attending RStudio::conf, and I went primarily to explore my career options in data science. I mainly stuck to teaching and modeling related talks since that’s how I already use R.

Last Fieldwork Season in China

I’m currently in Hangzhou, China at the Tea Research Institute(TRI) for my fourth and last time. It’s bitter sweet (like my favorite teas ;-) ) since I’m both glad to be nearing the end of my PhD, and sad to say goodbye to all the friends I’ve made and a city I’ve really grown to enjoy living in.

PhDrinking Podcast

I had the wonderful opportunity to be on Sadie Wit’s PhDrinking podcast. Check out the episode here and subscribe to PhDrinking wherever great podcasts are casted.

Cupcake Update

I know you’re all waiting on the edge of your seats for an update on the cupcakes vs. muffins data science project, but unfortunately I don’t have any answers to that age-old question* yet.

Cupcakes vs. Muffins

One thing I’ve learned from my PhD at Tufts is that I really enjoy working data wrangling, visualization, and statistics in R. I enjoy it so much, that lately I’ve been strongly considering a career in data science after graduation.

Making a website in RStudio

I’ve always thought I should eventually have a professional website for job hunting, but recently I’ve realized that it would be nice to have somewhere to collect my thoughts and contributions all in one place.