My background is in conservation and ecology, through which I first discovered the R and data science. Through a series of “accidents”, I ended up in the Middle East, where I’ve now found a home among other R enthusiasts in Tel Aviv.

In the last year, I’ve co-organized and given data science workshops at the Zoology Department at Tel Aviv University. Our materials are all hosted on GitHub and free for reuse (and improvement).

I was previously an intern at RStudio, where I worked with Jenny Bryan to develop a series of coding challenges to cultivate and reward the mastery of R and the tidyverse. Before that, I was a Data Science Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), where I reviewed data submissions to a national repository for completion, clarity, and data management best practices. As a fellow, I also collaborated on a number of open science projects to improve access to Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and datasets in the DataONE network (see metajam, dataspice).

Want to chat? Drop me a line on Twitter or at irene[DOT]steves[AT]gmail[DOT]com.