Thanks for visiting. I’m a postdoctoral scholar doing data science for biodiversity as part of the Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology. I received my PhD in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the UC Berkeley.
I study macroscopic patterns in the diversity, relatedness, and abundance of species. I use principles from statistical physics and data science combined with global databases of museum specimens and exhaustive ecological surveys. I approach the study of biodiversity with the hypothesis that general patterns emerge from a combination of the statistical mechanics of large systems and the unique non-equilibrium dynamics imparted to biological systems by their evolutionary history. Understanding biodiversity dynamics comes at a critical moment when human systems are disrupting those very dynamics.