We are faced with “wicked problems”1 that require us to leverage multiple datasets, analytic approaches, and research philosophies in an effort to solve some of the most pressing issues facing society today

To solve these wicked problems we need to clearly define problem conditions, develop flexible and open workflows, and build the tools that allow us to take advantage of the knowledge we have been developing across disciplines over the last century for data collection, analysis and assimilation.

My publication record focuses on relationships between biotic systems and large scale climatic change at time-scales of centuries to millenia, but my research efforts focus on facilitating broader engagement with the tools and methods neccessary to build the technical toolkits we require to move forward as a society.

Domain specific knowledge is important in managing research questions or looking for solutions, but increasingly, this needs to be supported by experience in building research infrastructure, teaching and learning with partners, handling data through complex workflows, and managing projects with multiple interconnected components. My research activities pair deep understanding in the paleogeosciences with project management skills in geoinformatics, as part of the Neotoma Paleoecological Database, and within EarthCube.

See our new papers:

Williams JW, Grimm EC, Blois JL, Charles DF, Davis EB, Goring SJ, Graham RW, Smith AJ, Anderson M, Arroyo-Cabrales J, Ashworth AC, Betancourt JL, Bills BW, Booth RK, Buckland PI, Curry BB, Giesecke T, Jackson ST, Latorre C, Nichols J, Purdum T, Roth RE, Stryker M, Takahara H. 2018. The Neotoma Paleoecology Database, a multiproxy, international, community-curated data resource. Quaternary Research, 89:156-177. [Open Access Link]

Goring SJ, Whitney KS, Jacob A, Bruna E, Poisot T. 2017. Making Scientific Content More Accessible. Authorea Preprint. [Open Access Link]

Goring SJ, Williams JW. 2017. Effect of historic land-use and climate change on tree-climate relationships in the northern United States. Ecology Letters. 20:461-470. [Link]

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Adding CI To RMarkdown Documents: Using continuous integration with RMarkdown documents. [Link]

Spatial Data On the Web: How to use Leaflet and Shiny to interactively explore spatial data. [Link]

1: Rittel & Webber 1973. A wicked problem is a complex problem that often has no clear solution, either because there are competing factors, the conditions change, knowledge is incomplete, or because the problem itself is poorly defined.