Scaling the Heights of Data Science

Karthik Ram, Carl Boettiger

October 2016

America’s archetypal ecologist may be someone like Aldo Leopold: binoculars to the eyes, boots on the ground, equally at ease with pad and pencil or rod and reel, a thinking man at home in the field. But this romanticized vision overlooks the myriad challenges and tensions facing the modern ecologist, who must do more than traipse through fields and forests observing flora and fauna. He or she must also climb mountains of data, run complex computer models, and transcend space and time to account for a planet in flux due to climate change.