Department of Fisheries and Wildlife13 Natural Resources
Major Advisor: Patricia Soranno
Biography: Joseph is a PhD student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Landscape Limnology Research Group. His background is in coastal marine ecology with a particular focus on salt marsh, mangrove, and seagrass ecosystems. To date, his research has focused on the application of data-intensive computation and modelling to inform water resources management in Texas and Florida. To that end, he has developed a number of software tools and R packages to facilitate high-throughput access to environmental databases. His research at MSU is a continuation of some of these themes with a specific focus on examining the nature of landscape features and the extent to which they are related to lake properties across a variety of spatial scales. He enjoys teaching programming through his involvement in the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry organizations. In particular, he serves as a maintainer for the Data Carpentry GIS-with-R lesson materials.