Open science and data
Open data and data mining techniques have facilitated the analysis of the way we do science. During my PhD, my colleagues and I used data mining methods to retrieve the p and R2 values for over 18,000 articles in ecology. This analysis revealed that ecology is becoming more statistically complex and R2 values are, on average, declining over time (Low-Décarie et al. 2014 Front. Ecol. Environ.). Our paper garnered much interest among ecologists, was the subject of numerous discussion groups, blog posts and a feature in Science Magazine News. I have also worked with colleagues at Carleton University and Environment and Climate Change Canada examining the open data practices within the Government of Canada. Currently I am working with with the Centre for Journalology on projects around open science.