For many years, I roamed the globe, from the Arctic to the Sub-Antarctic (with an inordinate amount of time on isolated and desert islands and atolls!), working for biology research projects.
The main target of these peregrinations?
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 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.
I try to give back by:
- being a Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructor
- being a Sustainer on the RStudio Community forum1
- answering R questions on Stack Overflow2
- participating to conversations on the rOpenSci forum3
- contributing to open source projects, particularly the packages and books by Hadley Wickham4
- advocating for open source wherever and whenever possible
When I don’t learn or help others learn about open source tools,
I spend a stupid amount of time customizing everything I use,
I listen to a ridiculous number of history audiobooks,
I discuss neurobiology research and the lack of free will with nerdy friends,
I walk barefoot in incongruous places,
I rejoice about winter,
I obsess about weather forecast and snow layers,
I play in powder in the mountains on backcountry skis.