Andrea Sánchez-Tapia

Junior Data Scientist

Merced, California

Andrea Sánchez-Tapia supports the research and innovation team at Global Fishing Watch. She provides technical expertise in data science and coordination assistance for our partnerships with academia and research institutions. She also helps maintain Global Fishing Watch’s packages and workflows in R, a programming language used in statistical computing and graphics. 

Deeply inspired by internationalization, inclusion and accessibility as core components of open science, Andrea has been actively involved in R-Ladies, an organization that promotes gender diversity in the R community, and The Carpentries, a nonprofit organization that utilizes active learning and collaboration to teach software engineering and data science to researchers. She serves as a Software Sustainability Institute fellow, leading the localization effort of The Turing Way, a community-led guide for best practices in reproducibility and collaborative data science.

Andrea earned a doctoral degree in botany from Escola Nacional de Botânica Tropical of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, where she worked at the scientific computation laboratory. She holds a master’s of science in ecology from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a bachelor’s of science in biology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

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