For many years, I roamed the globe, from the Arctic to the Sub-Antarctic—including an inordinate amount of time on desert islands—working for biology research projects.

The aim of these wanderings?
Birds—from macaws to penguins, from shorebirds to albatrosses.

I am, in fact, a behavioural and evolutionary biologist.

But one day ...

I fell into Emacs
then R
then Arch Linux

I discovered the joy of coding, of which I never tire, and the beauty of open source.
I am every day in awe of the open source community.

So I try to give back.

I became a Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructor,
a Sustainer on the RStudio Community forum1,
I answer a few questions on Stack Overflow2,
I participate in conversations on the rOpenSci forum3,
I contribute to open source projects, particularly the packages and books by Hadley Wickham4,
and I advocate for open source wherever and whenever possible.

When I don't learn or help others learn about programming,

I read history,
I discuss neurobiology research and the lack of free will with nerdy friends,
I workout,
I walk barefoot in incongruous places,
I rejoice about winter,
I track weather forecast and snow layers,
I play in powder in the mountains on backcountry skis.

  1. My excited participation got me the “New User of the Month award” when I joined in April 2018. ↩︎

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  3. I received the “New User of the Month award” when I joined in October 2018. ↩︎

  4. Examples of my contributions: Hadley Wickham’s book Advanced R and Stefan Milton Bache and Hadley’s magrittr package. ↩︎