David is the Dean of the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and a faculty member in integrative biology with research interests in climate change impacts on biodiversity, integration of phylogenetics and ecology, and conservation biology in relation to 21st century climate change. For the past 10 years or so, he has been increasingly involved in data-intensive projects, for example integrating large datasets of phylogenetics and trait data, and handling large ensembles of future climate layers for modeling biodiversity impacts. He has also participated in the development of free-standing software (the phylocom package) and a publicly shared R library (picante). The R language is his principal tool for all data analysis, graphics, etc., and is the foundation for work in his lab. He was also the original director of Data Sciences for the 21st Century (DS421): Environment and Society - a 5-year NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program (launched in September 2015) for students at the intersection of data science and social & natural sciences to tackle challenges and solutions in response to rapid environmental change.
Real name:David Ackerly