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Sophia N. Wassermann


PhD student in Marine Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway & Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar. Interested in computational approaches to issues at the intersection of fisheries and climate change. Currently modelling mackerel collective behaviour. MSc in Biodiversity & Conservation (with Distinction) from Trinity College Dublin; B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College.


  1. Aldulting 101: I Made Buisness Cards!

    Please let me interrupt your regularly-scheduled science programming to talk for a moment about business cards. …


  2. You Can Observe a Lot by Just Watching: Agent-Based Modelling and Yogi Berra

    Ahh modelling, providing the computational power to solve real-world problems. Agent-based modelling in particular, is useful for untangling the ephemeral, contradictory, unexplainable phenomena in the physical and social world. The only limit is your imagination. And programming skill, but that’s another matter. …


  3. Summer of Data Science June Update: A Greek Tragedy

    In my last blog post, I discussed my goals for the Summer of Data Science (#SoDS17). I had grand plans to start investigating machine learning because I’m hoping to build a model from scratch using video of fish behavior this winter. Unfortunately, instead of emerging as a deep learning prodigy, I now know your pain, Icarus. …


  4. Summer of Data Science

    Today I want to tell you about what I’m going to do this summer because if I tell you, you’ll hold me accountable to reaching my goals. Right? Thanks. …


  5. Watch, talk, and be merry: Learning to make the most of conferences

    I went to a conference a couple of weeks ago and I was reminded, again, how important they are for professional development….not to mention fun. …


  6. Welcome to my new website!

    Hello there! …


  7. Greetings from the frozen north!

    Hi, dear reader! This is an old post from a travel/adventure blog I used to keep. This is my second post about settling in as a Fulbright Student Grantee in Iceland. Now, in this post, winter is settling in. *ominous music plays* …


  8. Island living, but just a little different from the TCI.

    Hi, dear reader! This is an old post from a travel/adventure blog I used to keep. This is my first post about settling in as a Fulbright Student Grantee in Iceland. So funny to look back on, now that I have deep connections to the country!


  9. Transitions

    Hi, dear reader! This is an old post from a travel/adventure blog I used to keep. This is a wrap-up of old job as a Waterfront Intern at the School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands, featuring a couple of last adventures with megafauna. End of an era!


  10. Call me Ishmael

    Hi, dear reader! This is an old post from a travel/adventure blog I used to keep. This is my sixth post from my old job as a Waterfront Intern at the School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in which I brag about seeing whales and talk about another research project. Also, I get really excited about chocolate milk.