As the Geoinformatician at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, I support scientific staff and students with processing, management and knowledge transfer of geodata. I support ongoing research, generate spatial visualizations, and develop geospatial analysis workflows.
I use my expertise to access, analyze, visualize and integrate multiple sources of information, including LIDAR data, weather and bird radar data, and GPS tracking data (UvA-BiTS). My research activities include data management, analysis/interpretation and visualization using SQL, R, ArcGIS or any other computational tool that best solves the problem.
I am an active board member and instructor with the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group. We are a small community of computational scientists that aim to promote skill sharing and collaboration through the organization of interactive workshops within the Faculty of Science. We also foster good data science practices and Open Science principles.
I enjoy working on interdisciplinary, collaborative projects with multiple partners from across academia, industry, government and consulting. I have extensive experience in project management, technical writing and facilitating communication amongst stakeholders and collaborators, especially for large, technical projects. My work also includes fostering a collaborative work environment for researchers and students by ensuring that knowledge and skills are being communicated and shared efficiently.
As a Research Assistant at IBED from 2018-2019 I worked on the Eemshaven Showcase project, a feasibility study designed to investigate spatial and temporal dynamics of bird migration around the Eemshaven wind park using meteorological radar data, improve knowledge about collision-induced mortality of migrating birds, and explore the use of temporary shutdowns to mitigate bird mortality. From 2015-2017 I was a Research Fellow in the Clinical Informatics & Health Outcomes Research Group at University of Surrey, UK, where I supported the Integrate study, a real-world implementation of one-health and big data concepts which focused on innovative, rapid gastroenteritis surveillance based on UK primary care data. From 2010-2014 I was a Research Assistant at IBED in animal movement and also supported education and research activities at UvA’s GIS Studio. Prior to that, I worked for over ten years in environmental consulting in the United States and Venezuela on projects that gave me extensive experience with field work and kick-started my interest in data collection, management, and analysis using GIS and environmental databases.
I earned a master's degree in environmental biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA and a bachelor's degree in environmental science and biology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.