Posts

Missives, thoughts, apporaches, and other content relevant to my life.

RMarkdown + Hugo + Github Pages

RMarkdown + Hugo + Github Pages

Sometimes we need to simplify things as much as possible. Here is a quick tutorial on how you can use github pages and blogdown to host your class and/or personal site for free.

Grand Unified Site (GUS)

Grand Unified Site (GUS)

Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~ A. Einstein

Spring 2020 ERAC Meeting Slides

Spring 2020 ERAC Meeting Slides

This spring’s Environmental Research Advosory Committee is set to be held virtually (as most things this odd year). Here is a link to the slides that I’ll be presenting. ! TL;DR: Mostly finished the following objectives but the lab has been closed !

Setting up PostGIS on GCP

Setting up PostGIS on GCP

OK, so here we are, in the midst of COVID-19. What a great time to start a new project and learn a new skill. I’m focusing on developing a bit of my golang chops and the Google Cloud Platform knowledge to see if we can use these as our primary backends for teaching and research needs at work.

COVID Memes

COVID Memes

COVID-19! Welcom to the meme page. Some of the funny items related to this most serious of times in our life. Levity helps. These are things that I thought would be interesting from the perspective of levity in the time of crisis.

Setting up Postgresql on mac

Setting up Postgresql on mac

This is rather quick and easy to do. On MacOS, make sure you have Homebrew installed and then follow those instructions. For me, it took a few additional steps because I was installing it on a new mac mini (in the home office).

Roggenbier - 1st Place Win with 41 Point Score

Roggenbier - 1st Place Win with 41 Point Score

I submitted four entires to the 25th CARBOY Shamrock Open XXV beer competition in Raleigh North Carolina. For some reason only 3 of my entries arrived, the Trappist Single was lost in transit (must have been extra tasty).

Publications

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Population assignment reveals low migratory connectivity in a weakly structured songbird

Understanding migratory connectivity is essential for determining the drivers behind population dynamics and for implementing effective …
Population assignment reveals low migratory connectivity in a weakly structured songbird

Wide outcrossing provides functional connectivity for new and old Banksia populations within a fragmented landscape

Habitat fragmentation affects landscape connectivity, the extent of which is influenced by the movement capacity of the vectors of seed …
Wide outcrossing provides functional connectivity for new and old Banksia populations within a fragmented landscape

Functional connectivity and home range inferred at a microgeographic landscape genetics scale in a desert-dwelling rodent

Gene flow in animals is limited or facilitated by different features within the landscape matrix they inhabit. The landscape …
Functional connectivity and home range inferred at a microgeographic landscape genetics scale in a desert-dwelling rodent

Urbanization as a facilitator of gene flow in a human health pest

Urban fragmentation can reduce gene flow that isolates populations, reduces genetic diversity and increases population differentiation, …
Urbanization as a facilitator of gene flow in a human health pest

Comparison of Pollination Graphs

From the agent-based, correlated random walk model presented, we observe theeffects of varying the maximum turning angle, δmax, tree …
Comparison of Pollination Graphs

Father, Husband, Brewer, Professor

Center for Environmental Studies

Biography

I am from Seattle Washington, though I’ve been sequestered in Richmond Virginia for a job since 2004. I see RVA as the “Portland of the East Coast” and we’ve generally enjoyed our time here in the Old Dominion. My personal interestes include fermenation sciences (beer, wine, cheese, vegitables), computer programming, fly fishing, and generarlly just spending time with my family.

Professionally, I’m a Full Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University currently serving as the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies. My research focuses on understanding how landscape configuration and human mediated alteration influence connectivity amongst native and introduced species of plants and animals. Here are my Curriculum Vitae and Google Scholar Profile, OrcID if you are into that kind of stuff.

Interests

  • Data Science
  • Population Genetics

Education

  • PhD in Biology, 2002

    University of Missouri - Saint Louis

  • MS in Biology, 1998

    University of Missouri - Saint Louis

  • BS in Botany, 1996

    Western Washington University