As a data analyst at the CWHL, I provide expertise in data collection, management, analysis, and communication to support disease surveillance and wildlife health research. I develop and maintain databases, web-based applications and other digital technologies to improve data collection strategies, increase data sharing, and support the program goal to provide timely and effective communication to our collaborators, stakeholders, and the public. I also provide guidance on technologies that could improve the effectiveness of disease monitoring and surveillance efforts, with a strong focus on geographic information systems and the development of geospatial data resources relevant to animal health.
My background and training are primarily in geospatial applications for environmental science. In 2003, I graduated from the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program at Duke University in Durham, NC. Prior to joining the CWHL, for more than 10 years, I was an environmental consultant with academic research groups, non-profit organizations and government agencies on projects related to natural resource monitoring and management.
In my current role at the CWHL, I am focused on improving data management and applications to improve our program’s efficiency and enhance our ability to monitor wildlife health in New York State. I am also particularly interested in how we communicate scientific data to our program partners, other wildlife professionals, and to the public, with the goal of increasing our collective understanding of wildlife health issues.