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Erica Dale

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I am pursuing a Masters of Environmental Data Science at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California - Santa Barbara. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Towson University with honors, during which I conducted independent research in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. Through this and other significant experiences traveling nationally and internationally I realized hands-on lessons regarding other cultures and regional environmental dynamics. My professional experience has focused on botanical and greenhouse studies, as well as volunteer work with wildlife survey data collection. Active field work blended my daily work with my love of being outside hiking and exploring nature. It was impactful generating survey maps, but this experience left a desire to further analyze and explore connections within the data I collected.

Through my graduate studies, I am excited to visualize ecosystem dynamics through computational modeling. I am interested in studying and applying an interdisciplinary approach to mitigate negative impacts between humans and ecosystems. I aim to work with nonprofits and government entities to utilize data science for science communication and decision making on global issues such as conservation and environmental justice.

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