About

sarahrat

Hi! I’m a postdoctoral research fellow interested in changing biodiversity and how humans are impacting the world around us. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of friendly, fascinating fellow scientists and to explore beautiful ecological systems. Most of my field work has focused on a long-term ecological experiment in southeastern Arizona, the Portal Project, measuring small mammals (e.g., kangaroo rats, pocket mice, and pack rats), plants (lots of thorns), and weather patterns. Also in southern Arizona, I worked with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network to collect data on migrating hummingbirds and flowering plants in the Patagonia and Chiricahua mountains. These days, I spend most of my time on a computer, analyzing global-span biodiversity data with a goal of understanding biodiversity baselines, characterizing trends in human impacted systems, and making better predictions for the future. For more specifics, check out my professional site. When I’m not doing science, I enjoy hiking, gardening, making music, and playing board games. I’m currently living in Wisconsin with my husband, wee toddler, dog and cat. We move to Ohio soon, where I’ll be tenure-track faculty in Data Analytics at Denison University.

This blog is to intended to act as “Supplementary Materials” to my work – extra information about my scientific workflow (like an open lab notebook), research that I have found interesting or important, computational tools, challenges of being an early career researcher, and my general thoughts on academic work and living life.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1400911. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.