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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Learning Hub events draw from the community of NCEAS residents who have expertise in a variety of tools and techniques used in synthesis science. All of the instructors have experience using these tools in real scientific research and in teaching them to others.

The Learning Hub Team

  • Halina Do-Linh headshot with palm trees and ocean in the background

    Halina Do-Linh | Learning Hub Program Manager

    Halina is responsible for growing data science training programs and works closely with the scientists and trainers at NCEAS to develop cutting-edge curriculum and engaging programming. She holds a Masters in Environmental Data Science from the Bren School and has developed multiple web applications using R Shiny. She is experienced in R, Git and GitHub, tidy data, data visualization, and web apps, as well as a working proficiency in python.

  • Camila Vargas Poulsen

    Camila Vargas Poulsen | Data Training Coordinator

    As part of the Learning Hub team, Camila manages, maintains, and develops the growing data science training portfolio. She is responsible for coordinating and conducting training sessions and providing data support to NCEAS’s working groups. Camila has experience managing several research projects' data and documenting and publishing data sets. She holds a Masters's in Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UCSB and is proficient in R & RStudio, GitHub, tidy data, structured metadata, and data visualization.

Our Instructors

  • Julien Brun

    Julien Brun

    Julien is a scientific programmer at NCEAS with expertise in data analysis and programming, data management systems, GIS, and analytical modeling. He has worked extensively in systems like R, GitHub, Python, and UNIX. His scientific background is in Ecohydrology and Earth observation techniques (remote sensing and GIS).

  • Jeanette Clark

    Jeanette Clark

    Jeanette is a Projects Data Coordinator at NCEAS with extensive experience helping synthesis scientists find, synthesize, document, and publish datasets. She also helps maintain the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) data archive. She has expertise in R, GitHub, structured metadata, and data archival. Jeanette was introduced to data processing and data analysis through her academic background in physical oceanography, and enjoys applying this foundation to more interdisciplinary ecology research.

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    Matthew B. Jones

    Matt is the Director of Informatics Research and Development at NCEAS and has expertise in environmental informatics, particularly software for management, integration, analysis, and modeling of data. Jones has taught at over 20 training workshops over a decade on data science topics including analysis in R, GitHub, programming (e.g., Python), data management, quality assessment and reporting, metadata and data infrastructure, scientific workflow systems, and other topics.

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    Julia Stewart Lowndes

    Julia (a.k.a. Julie) is a marine ecologist, data scientist, and Mozilla Fellow at NCEAS. As founding director of Openscapes and science program lead of the Ocean Health Index, she works to increase the value and practice of environmental open data science. She loves teaching introduction to reproducible practices focused around R, RStudio, RMarkdown, Git, and GitHub. She is a co-founder of EcoDataScience and R-Ladies Santa Barbara and is a Carpentries instructor. She earned her PhD at Stanford University in 2012 studying drivers and impacts of Humboldt squid in a changing climate.