2018 - Present (almost 2 years)
Undertake multiple roles, my primary research was pairing whole genome sequence data with phenotypic databases for precision medicine research. Also served as DevOps for the...more organization, working with Google Cloud, Azure, AWS, and local virtualization: docker, VirtualBox, and limited use of Kubernetes. One of the primary reviewers for the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase Consortium, as well as helped organize and run face-to-face meetings of up to 100 research and data scientists in multiple cities.
Marine Scientist for Responsible Fishing; Fish, Fisheries, and Protected Species
2015 - 2016 (6 months)
Forced implementation of 2 new rules on Turtle Excluder Devices in Shrimp Trawls: One does away with tow-time restrictions that were abused by 4x the legal time limit even...more with a physical observer on the boat; and mandating use of new narrow-bar TEDs: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-30224 Second calls for smaller bar-spacing in TEDs & BRDs in general to allow more finfish to escape, this reduces fishery bycatch, which is at least 1lb:1lb! https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-31067
Executive Secretariat to the Council of NOAA Fellows
2015 (10 months)
Fellows hold Senior Scientist (ST) or Leader (SL) positions, similar in rank to the Senior Executive Service (SES). They are research scientists, lawyers, and advisors dedicated...more to advancing NOAA science & recognized as world leaders in their respective fields. Oversaw daily operations & organization of the council, including all outreach, correspondence, internal & external communication. Represented CNF to NOAA leadership, including at the NOAA Research Council chaired by Richard Spinrad, PhD.
NSF GK-12, Brookline, MA Public Schools, 5th Grade 2011-2012 Funded by the NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program, I brought current scientific topics,...more the scientific method, and scientific reasoning to all of the subjects taught in one 5th grade classroom. Led expeditionary learning lessons from science to English language arts, culminating at the end of the year with oral reports from each student on one aspect of climate change which they had each researched.
NSF GK-12, Cambridge, MA Public Schools, 7th and 8th Grade Science 2010-2011 Funded by the NSF GK-12 Program, I brought current scientific topics and reasoning into four...more 7th and 8th grade science classes in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two days per week I provide enrichment exercises, aided and designed lesson plans, and provide a scientific role model for middle school students.
Boston University, Department of Biology, Boston, MA 2008- Sept 2017 PhD in Biology (Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology) Adviser: Dr. Leslie Kaufman “Analysis of the...more Western And Central Pacific Tuna And Billfish Fisheries Through Examination Of Historical Catch Records” MA in Biology (Marine Biology) Adviser: Leslie Kaufman, Ph.D. 2013
2013 (3 months)
Boston University, The Nature of Inquiry: Cultures in Crisis (HC 301) Fall 2013 Led 59 Boston University Kilachand Honors College students through creation of both individually...more written ecological narratives and SIMILE-based models for one aspect of either the Massachusetts Bay Watershed or Great Lake Tonle Sap in Cambodia.
2013 (about 1 month)
Boston University, Marine Megafaunal Ecology: SBNMS (BI 546) Fall 2013 Orchestrated classroom and field experiences for 16 Boston University Marine Program graduate and...more undergraduate students taking "Marine Megafaunal Ecology: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Surrounding Waters," a month long block-scheduled class, including ten days at-sea doing data gathering on either, the SBNMS R/V Auk or the F/V SeaKeeper.
2010 (4 months)
Boston University, Marine Biology (BI 260) Spring 2010 Led three discussion sections for a total of 51 students. Each week we reviewed two papers I selected ranging from...more seminal papers to current hot topics in marine science. Students ranged from sophomores to seniors. I wrote, proctored, and graded four exams for all 100 students in the class.
2009 (3 months)
Boston University, Marine Megafaunal Ecology: SBNMS (BI 546) Fall 2009 Led Marine Science Semester (4-week block scheduled) class for upper level undergraduates. I oversaw...more both classroom and field experiences for 16 students, including a total of 11 data gathering trips onboard either the SBNMS R/V Auk or the F/V Ocean Reporter, with each student completing a unique research project.
2009 (about 1 month)
Boston University, Animal Behavior (BI 407) Summer 2009 Ran hands-on experimental lab on animal behavior for advanced undergraduates. Used the summer class to edit and...more execute a complete rewrite of the laboratory manual that was then adopted for future semesters.
2009 (about 1 month)
Boston University, Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (BI 107) Summer 2009 Oversaw one twice-weekly lab section focusing on introductory biology, including...more both in lab classroom experiments as well as “field” research in local parks.
2009 (4 months)
Boston University, Introductory Biology: Cells, Genetics, Development (BI 108) Spring 2009 Led two lab sections of twenty-four undergraduates through introductory biology...more lab course covering material on cells, molecular biology, genetics, development, and physiology.
2008 (3 months)
Boston University, Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (BI 107) Fall 2008 Oversaw two lab sections of twenty-four students per week in this first semester...more class.
Mentor: Dr. Roy Stein Primary focus was a Walleye parental influence study, where responsibilities included organizing and leading weeklong data collection trips, using...more icthyoplankton tows, passive net gear, electrofishing, and gillnetting. Lab work included visual inspection of adult and larval otoliths and preparation for microchemical (LA-ICP- MS) analysis as well as collection of samples for genetic, bioenergetics, and reproductive testing.
Physical Oceanography - Research Assoicate II
2004 - 2008 (over 4 years)
Mentors: Dr. W. Brechner Owens & Dr Steven Jayne Ran the daily operations of WHOI’s contribution to the International ARGO Float Network. Oversaw the launch and...more recovery of remotely operate SPRAY gliders, including cruises as Chief Scientist aboard UNOLS vessels. Coded a web interface to the SPRAY gliders in PHP such that they could be monitored and controlled from any web browser. Piloted the SPRAY ROVs on multiple crossing of the gulf-stream, from New England to Bermuda&New England to Iceland
2003 (about 1 month)
Mentor: Dr. Robert S. Pickart Chief Hydrographer aboard the RV Oceanus in the Irminger Sea, analyzing bottle data for the verification of CTD casts. Cruise data identified...more the Greenland spill jet. Resulted in the publication: Pickart, R. S., D. J. Torres, and P. S. Fratantoni. 2005. The East Greenland Spill Jet. Journal of Physical Oceanography 35:1037–1053.
GLOBEC: NOAA & WHOI
1999 (about 1 month)
Research Assistant, NOAA & WHOI: US GLOBEC: Georges Bank 1999 Hydrographer aboard the RV Albatross IV (AL9906) for the final GLOBEC Phase II Broad-Scale Survey of the...more Gulf of Maine used Seabird CTD and rosette bottles to collect water samples for analysis and verification. Also gained experienced with MOCNESS, Bongo, Reeve, and Jel nets.
WHOI (2004-2008): HPC & UNIX, various flavors of Linux&BSD, OSX, HPUX, Solaris, & Tru64 across many architectures: i386, x86_64, PPC, SPARC, Alpha, & PA-RISC. Ported legacy code from UNIX to Linux and OSX.
Designed & implemented HPC systems for: NCAR Global Climate Model Simulations & Physical Oceanography modeling: fluid dynamics, hurricane simulation, Gulf & Kuroshio Current predication&validation, sediment transport, and high-availability systems for real time data-processing of ROV/AUV/UUV data. Relevant applications did not run well on clusters, due to small perturbations negating any pre-fetched/pre-derived work, thus “large” AMD Opteron systems:16-way 4U Mezzanine were deployed with iSCSI, FC, or SCSI/SAS disk. x86_64 was new, and required debugging interacting with both vendors and kernel maintainers. Tested, identified & selected compilers appropriate for the individual project. Deployed TORQUE & Maui/MOAB scheduling system for load balancing & fair-queuing (same as LLNL).