Data Scientist

Resume posted by Erin Frolli in Scientific.
Desired salary: $50,000.00
Desired position type: Any
Location: Port Aransas Texas, United States

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My research interests include using science and technology together to answer important questions about marine mammals and sea turtles. My primary interests are maintaining and analyzing large data sets using open source platforms like R, R Shiny, Google Hangouts, Twitter, Bioinformatics and GitHub.I am a proficient computer coder, and I can create platforms and programs for other scientists to use who may not have the ability or time to learn to code. The use of free platforms allows for multiple people to collaborate on a project across the globe and to work on projects which bring in new ideas and different points of view to create one cohesive vision.


I began my science career in 2008, at California State University Monterey Bay where I earned two Bachelors of Science degrees in Mathematics and Environmental Science, Technology & Policy. During this time, I conducted research on jellyfish and their role as prey for the critically endangered Pacific Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and continued my research at Montana State University where I earned a Master of Science degree in Land, Resources and Environmental Sciences in 2014.


Freelance Programmer | Texas A&M Galveston | April 2017 – Present

Creating and refining a Matlab-based software for the conversion of raw data collected by animal born Video and Data recorders (VDR) as a part of an NSF IDBR Type B grant. This software will give the user the ability to download, clean, extract, display and analyze data collected after a deployment on an animal.

Research Scientist Associate I | Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin | 2014 – Present

Studying the movements of Weddell seals in Antarctica. Obligations included deploying to McMurdo, Antarctica for 2 to 3 months out of the year for field work and data collection. Primary responsibilities included data collection, data processing, data analysis, and data management for the Weddell seal project. Other duties include technical support with programs such as R for the Fuiman Lab on various projects.

Biological Technician I & II | National Marine Fisheries Service In collaboration with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center | 2010 – Spring 2013

Sea turtle and marine mammal aerial observer. Tasks included locating and identifying large marine vertebrates during aerial transects over central California neritic waters. Also aided the research team in tracking tagged individuals with radio tags.

UROC Scholar | Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center at CSU Monterey Bay | 2009 – 2012

The UROC program supported three summers of intern work with the Vertebrate Ecology lab under Jim Harvey at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). A graduate student in the lab, Lisa Webb, served as my UROC mentor during the entire undergraduate experience. Duties while at MLML were to assist in projects that included lab work for a diet study on California sea lions and a diet study on Brandt Cormorants. There was also exposure to collecting and tagging marine mammals and birds for other graduate student projects. Duties also included assisting the lab with various animal necropsies.

Biological Technician (GS-02/03/04) | USDA Forest Service | 2005 – 2008

Collected data for: conifer tree resin sampling, tussock moth larva sampling, mountain pine beetle research projects, fire-injured conifers, and black-stain root disease. Vector sampling, forestry plot installation and tree data collection in long-term CA spotted owl habitat areas.

 Instructional Student Assistant | Mathematics & Statistics Dept. at CSU Monterey Bay | Fall 2007 – Spring 2012

In-class student assistance and faculty support for introduction to statistics and quantitative literacy courses. Duties included training new and current student assistants on current course materials, staffing of open lab hours, grading student papers and projects, and tracking student academic progress.

Instructional Student Assistant | Recreation Dept. at CSU Monterey Bay | Fall 2008 – Spring 2010

In-class student assistance and faculty support for introduction to SCUBA diving. Duties included teaching students the fundamentals of SCUBA gear upkeep and use, assisting pool sessions, and field excursions.

 Kids Code Camp | Port Aransas Computer Center | 2017 | 15 hours of service

Summer camp where young kids learn how to create video games using Scratch.

Women in Marine Science | Marine Science Institute at UT Austin | 2015 – 2017 | 30 hours of service

Annual workshop designed to showcase women in marine science for girls in local middle schools.

Aerial Observer | National Marine Fisheries Service | Fall 2013 | 30 hours flown

Sea turtle and marine mammal aerial observer.

Math Tutor | Monterey Bay Area | Fall 2008 – 2013 | 600 hours of service

Instructed CSU Monterey Bay students on the fundamentals of beginning Statistics and quantitative literacy for Fitch Middle School children on the fundamentals of algebra.

Scientific SCUBA Diver | CSU Monterey Bay area | 2010 -2012 | 300 hours service

Assisted with several dive projects. Projects ranged from undergraduate capstone projects, graduate thesis projects, and monitoring programs with Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at UC Santa Cruz.


  • ~Data management | Ability to maintain and manage large data sets spanning several decades.
  • ~Project collaboration | Ability to work with several groups in the lab, the field, or virtually across the world.
  • ~ Communication| Ability to communicate comfortably with both collaborators and the public on complex topics.
  • ~Programming | Experience in: R, MatLab, LaTex, Windows CMD, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, HTML, Scratch, and C #.
  • ~Data Processing | Experience in working with multiple data formats: spreadsheets, audio, video, photo, shapefiles, and text.
  • ~Field Work | Confident in preforming field work in a majority of field conditions. My experience ranges from the forests of northern California and Nevada to the waters of Monterey Bay to the fast-ice shelf of McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. Experience in preforming many forms of data transects (SCUBA Diving surveys, terrestrial surveys (both by vehicle and by foot), aerial surveys and digital surveys).
  • ~Adaptability & Flexibility | Ability to adapt quickly to changes in a project this includes coming up with new solutions for problems that may arise.