We live in a time of great global change, as human activity rapidly changes natural habitats. A city can spring up in little more than a decade, and meadows can be turned into golf courses in less. For long-lived animals, this rapid alteration of an ecosystem can take place in a single generation.
How do long-lived species rapidly respond to human impacts on the environment? As a member of Tim Wright's lab, I study a parrot species to ask questions about ecological and evolutionary responses to human-driven environmental change.
I use R, UNIX and Python in my research, in that respective order. Like most biologists who code I picked up skills from a mixture of self-teaching, Google, workshops, and courses. Check out my GitHub blog for useful code: gsmithvi.github.io
- Basic R tutorials for Spanish speakers in a biological context*
- Downloading and managing data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
- Maps with the ggmap package; Making time lapse maps
- Raster / trellis maps
- Faceted ggplots*
- Combining multiple graphical objects in multi-paneled figures*
- Using warbleR for analyses of vocal similarity*
- Creating input files for population genomics software*
- Using Python to merge shapefiles*
* coming soon
Born in Rhode Island. Raised between Jamestown, RI and Niquinohomo, Nicaragua. Maneuvering socioeconomic and cultural boundaries shaped me from a young age. Graduated from Moses Brown School in Providence, RI with a keen interest in biology and literature. Studied abroad in Viña del Mar / Valparaíso, Chile. Graduated from Haverford College outside Philly after completing a thesis in Biology with Dr. Robert Fairman and a thesis in Spanish with Dr. Roberto Castillo Sandoval. Worked and read for two years in Rhode Island before settling on a PhD program. Joined Dr. Tim Wright's avian communication and evolution lab at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. Learned that I love coding for science. Recently married, check out my wife Tania's ongoing projects and blog. Continuing PhD research in Uruguay as a Fulbrighter. Currently working on many projects! See my projects and collaborators for more information.