Associate Professor of Biology Sydne Record was recently interviewed by the National Ecological Observatory Network for their series on women in ecology.
Record spoke about diversity in the field, her career, field research, and using data science in ecological research.
From the article:
“One of the biggest challenges is that ecologists have been working at the local plot level, but many current environmental issues are global in nature, so scaling up research of ecological processes across space and time is vital. Also, when working with these datasets, it’s interdisciplinary work—data science, which combines statistics, computer science, and ecology. Data science is important across multiple fields, and many of today’s faculty don’t yet have all the skills to do this work. I think the NSF recognizes this challenge, and I’m really excited for the ESA [Ecological Society of America] meeting this year in my hometown because it’s about harnessing the ecological data revolution.”