Data science in conservation and restoration

I use data science skills obtained through my MSc and PhD to help decision makers assess conservation and restoration projects throughout Canada.

I have collaborated with the various municipal and federal agencies including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to build dynamic tools to monitor fish communities. Using reproducible workflows, I have developed several R Shiny web tools which allow decision makers to assess which restoration projects are having an impact on fish community populations at multiple scales. Work with the TRCA which led to the Fish Communities of the Toronto and Region Waterfront: Summary and Assessment 1989-2016 report. As a Mozilla Open Science Lead, I used quantitative, design and programing skills to develop a mobile application of the “Ontario Guide to Eating Fishes” to increase the availability of this vital information to indigenous communities of the Far North of Ontario, many of whom are subsistence fishers.



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