Ian Carroll, SESYNC's new Data Science Instructor
by HANNAH GRIMES
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Ian Carroll, as our new Data Science Instructor.
The position of Data Science Instructor entails teaching workshops on cyberinfrastructure and its utilization. “I am most excited for the live teaching. It’s exciting; you get immediate feedback on how well you are doing,” said Carroll, who thinks his days teaching in front of groups will be his real pay-off days.
Carroll comes to SESYNC from Georgetown University, where he developed web-scraping tools as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Bansal Lab. Carroll received his Ph.D. in theoretical ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012.
Carroll was drawn to SESYNC by the “…diverse opportunities to be engaged with the environmental academic community in a way different than just being involved directly in research.” Carroll looks forward to lending a unique perspective to working groups at SESYNC, as he believes his background in ecology will help connect gaps between ecologists and data scientists. Carroll joins Philippe Marchand, also a SESYNC Data Scientist, in helping the Center's supported researchers overcome the computational and methodological challenges they face.
A native Marylander, Carroll enjoys sailing and cooking in his free time. His specialty? Homemade cherry pies, with cherries picked from his wife’s family farm in New York.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at www.sesync.org and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.