I'm a software engineer based in Denver. I love nature and art.
I'm a software engineer based in Denver, Colorado. I'm helping build Codespaces at GitHub to help make tinkering on code easier.
Previously, I've worked as a developer on platforms for customer data and insights with Custora and Amperity. I taught myself how to code and further studied web frameworks at App Academy. Before that, I worked in avian field biology and leading outdoor programming for adults with developmental disabilities.
In 2012 I graduated from Bowdoin College in my home state of Maine, where I studied biology and spent a lot of time researching an amphibious fish.
I spend most of my spare time these days birding in the Denver area, playing the guitar, and developing a computer strategy game about ecology and evolution.
Education and experience
As a full-stack engineer, I thrive most when working to improve a product from a variety of angles— whether that's collaborating with designers to build polished frontend interfaces, teaming with infrastructure engineers to wrangle data in distributed systems, or connecting it all in a web framework. I especially love Ruby & Rails.
SoftwareCurrently working on a strategy game about evolution, using the Godot engine. Below are some projects I worked on before working as a dev full-time.
ChickadeeKNOW WHAT YOU HEAR IN NATURE
Ruby on Rails & Backbone.js
It harnesses avian demographic data collected by citizen scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird database, assembling quizzes and detailed information using audio recordings from Xeno-canto's library, photos from Flickr, and detailed descriptions from Wikipedia. Chickadee allows users to custom-tailor their experience, studying birds from their regions of choice— at national, state/provincial, and local/county levels.
Arcade-style browser game; life is simpler when you're microscopic.
Python & Flask
Lightweight, single-page web app that finds the most recent reports of owls in North America.
Ruby for CLI
Pure Ruby game for the command line. Will try to get you with Fool's Mate!
Visual ArtExperiments from time to time. Click for fullsize.
14" by 11" paper collage derived from a series of works by oil painter Jim Hansel.
AUDUBON GONE WRONG (2014)
Digitally-unnaturalized bird photography. Series of eight 8" x 10"-ish prints, with photos taken in Maine, Idaho, and Costa Rica.
Music Haven't recorded or produced in years, but when I do it's mainly guitars + tinkering in Ableton.
I'll port over the blog content from my old site when I get the chance.