R data scientist

Resume posted by daniellevnelson
Desired salary: $40,000.00
Desired position type: Any
Location: Corvallis Oregon, United States

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Ecologist with expert-level fluency in R, statistical modeling, and data visualization.


Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife – Ph.D (incomplete), Wildlife Science (January 2016 – December 2017)

  • Developed novel method in R for examining animal communication networks.
  • Wrote specialized package to implement this method.
  • Communicated science to non-scientist audiences.
  • Manuscript in preparation for publication.

Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society – M.S., Forest Ecosystems and Society (September 2013 – December 2015)

  • “The effects of road noise on the calling behavior of Pacific chorus frogs.” December 2013 – December 2015.
    •  Masters research investigating the impacts of road noise on the acoustic characteristics of the calls of the Pacific chorus frog, Pseudacris regilla
    •  Fieldwork involves installation and maintenance of 12 passive acoustic monitoring systems at sites across a gradient of noise exposure throughout the Willamette Valley, Oregon; identification, directional acoustic recording, and measurement of size of individual frogs.
    • Data analysis comprised of acoustic analyses of noise levels of sites, source levels, frequency, call rate, and duration of individual frogs, and statistical measures of any differences based on ambient noise level.
    • Publication: Nelson, D. V., Klinck, H., Carbaugh‐Rutland, A., Mathis, C. L., Morzillo, A. T., & Garcia, T. S. (2017). Calling at the highway: The spatiotemporal constraint of road noise on Pacific chorus frog communication. Ecology and evolution7(1), 429-440.
  • “Underwater vocal behavior of the red-legged frog (Rana aurora) – a pilot study.” January 2013 – August 2015.
    • Research investigating the viability of passive acoustic monitoring for determining presence/absence of red-legged frogs, as well as seasonal and diel patterns of calling.
    • Fieldwork involved installation and maintenance of one passive acoustic recorder with both hydrophone and microphone at Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis, Oregon.
    • Data analysis comprises detection of red-legged frog calls and choruses, logging calls, determining call types, and analyzing seasonal and diel patterns.
    • Publication: Nelson, D. V., Garcia, T. S., & Klinck, H. (2017). Seasonal and diel vocal behavior of the northern red-legged frog, Rana Aurora. Northwestern Naturalist98(1), 33-38.

Northern Illinois University, post-baccalaureate studies in ecology, biology, and chemistry (January 2012 – May 2013)

Cornell University, Department of Linguistics and Department of Romance Studies – B.A., Linguistics and French Literature, magna cum laude with distinction in all subjects.


Supervising Instructor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (June 2017 to present)

  • Teach online course on the fundamentals of fisheries and wildlife conservation to 35 students (FW 251)
  • Supervise instructors of two other sections of the same course to ensure cohesion across student experience
  • Clearly communicate with both large groups and individual students
  • Plan and coordinate course resources
  • Organize and provide structure for course
  • Present information to large groups
  • Manage groups and lead discussions
  • Manage relationships and act as a mediator

Instructor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (June 2015 – June 2017)

  • Taught online course on the fundamentals of fisheries and wildlife conservation to 35 students (FW 251)
  • Clearly communicated with both large groups and individual students
  • Planned and coordinated course resources
  • Organized and provided structure for course
  • Presented information to large groups
  • Managed groups and led discussions
  • Managed relationships and acted as a mediator

Graduate research assistant for Masters thesis project “The effects of road noise on the calling behavior of Pacific chorus frogs” under Tiffany S. Garcia (February 2014 – June 2015)

  • Developed novel research project
  • Planned and coordinated fieldwork and equipment deployment
  • Hired, trained, and oversaw field assistants
  • Used R to perform statistical analyses and data visualization
  • Used Adobe Audition and Raven Pro 1.5 to perform detailed acoustic analysis
  • Presented research at several professional conferences

Teaching assistant for Anita Morzillo (September 2013 – March 2014)

  • Communicated information to large groups
  • Managed groups and led discussions
  • Evaluated student performance
  • Planned and coordinated course resources

Research Analyst, Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP), Cornell Lab of Ornithology (June 2008 – June 2010)

  • Utilized a specialized MATLAB-based program XBAT, and occasionally the Java-based tool Raven, to analyze animal vocalizations.
  • Acted as project coordinator for two Massachusetts Bay deployments, ran detectors on all sound using Data Template and ISRAT, managed data location, and gave aid and information to other analysts regarding the deployment.
  • Streamlined and rewrote the Massachusetts Bay analysis protocol to increase efficiency, reducing the amount of time taken by analysts to complete assessment of species.
  • Managed the research analysts’ online reference library; developed a labeling system that allows for ease of searching and use; uploaded and organized scientific papers.  
  • Developed a data management system and analysis methods for the development of a bowhead whale detector with the software team; fielded requests from software development team for specialized data; developed and implemented a signal-to-noise ratio and call type labeling system.
  • Trained interns in the use of XBAT and analysis procedures.



  • S programming language (4 years)
  • Rstudio suite (4 years)
  • MATLAB (6 years)
  • Microsoft Office (10 years)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (10 years)


    Data visualization, Public speaking, Science communication, written communication

Spoken Languages

    English, French