I am 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, I have 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. I have also participated in the development of free-standing software (the phylocom package) and a publicly shared R library (picante). The R language is my workhorse for all data analysis, graphics, etc., and is the foundation for work in my lab.
I am also principal investigator and director of Data Sciences for the 21st Century (DS421): Environment and Society, a new NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program that will be launched in September 2015 and will run for five years. The program will train students at the intersection of data and social and natural sciences to tackle challenges and solutions in response to rapid environmental change. More information will be available soon at ds421.berkeley.edu.