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Scott Chamberlain

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  • 2012 Ph.D Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
  • 2009 M.A. Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
  • 2003 B.S. Biological Sciences, California State University


  • Code:
  • R Developed R software for 8 years, for research projects, and as packages (see them on GitHub).
  • Python Programmed in Python for 1.5 years. Writing a Python package for getting taxonomy data from the web pytaxize.
  • Ruby Programmed in Ruby for 1 year. Deployed an app to monitor the many web APIs that we at rOpenSci consume, and wrote a Ruby package doiref to search articles, and get references.
  • HTML/CSS Use HTML often for websites, and customize CSS.
  • Databases Use many databases, including SQL (MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL) and NoSQL (CouchDB).

Work Experience

  • rOpenSci 2011-present. Co-founder.

Co-founded a developer collective to make R packages to facilitate use of open source journals and data sets. Website; Code. Recieved a $160,000 grant in June 2012. Use R heavily for software development. Maintain software tutorials with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. rOpenSci is now housed within UC Berkeley.

  • Simon Fraser University 2012-2014. PostDoctoral Researcher.

Built and maintained a SQL database containing data from a large network of dozens of researchers. Synthesized data from a research network across Canada to answer questions about pollinator communities, producing four peer-reviewed papers.

  • Dittes and Guardino Consulting 2003-2005. Environmental Consultant.

Carried out plant surveys for the USDA Forest Service prior to awarding contracts to logging companies. Prepared environmental managagment plans for muncipalities. Performed GIS data collection in the field, and created maps using ArcGIS and related software.

Honors and Publications

  • Sixteen peer-reviewed publications in top journals in my field.
  • 2012 Public Library of Science & Mendeley Binary Battle - 3rd place in code competition ($1,000)
  • 2010-2011 Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship
  • 2010 Prairie Biotic Research, Inc. Grant ($896)
  • 2002 National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), CSU, Chico ($3,000)