Hi, I'm Aaron.

I'm a data scientist and ecologist.

I live in Durham, NC and work on projects related to water and forests.
You can find me on GitHub and (sometimes) on Twitter...

About me

Professional resume | Academic CV

I am a data scientist interested in water, forests, environmental sensors, and entrepreneurship. As a researcher at Duke University and Colorado State University, I have initiated, collaborated on, and completed scientific projects to measure international greenhouse gas emissions and predict forest responses to climate. My academic work is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Currently I provide analytical and computational support for an international, NSF-funded project to characterize the metabolic pulse of streams.

I have a Ph.D. degree from Duke University, a M.S. degree from Colorado State University, and a B.S. degree from Beloit College. I am interested in applying my analytical skills to help people better manage their relationships with their data and the environment.

I also love restoring my old house in Durham, making maps, climbing, and doing yoga.

What I Do


Statistical modeling and analysis

I create and use Bayesian and machine learning models for prediction and inference. I am experienced with time-series and geospatial analysis.

Data wrangling

I build infrastructure for scientific analysis in R, Python, and Scala. I am experienced at extracting and using data from online portals.


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Data management

I create and work with databases (SQL/NoSQL) to efficiently organize and extract data. I have also created web-facing RESTful APIs and online data management dashboards.


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Scientific communication

My scientific research is published in peer-revewed journals and highlighted in media outlets. I am excited about interactive visualizations and public presentation.


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Scientific Work


Berdanier, Miniat, and Clark (2016) Predictive models for radial sap flux variation in coniferous, diffuse-porous and ring-porous temperate trees. Tree Physiology 36: 932-941. Commentary

Berdanier and Clark (2016) Divergent reproductive allocation trade-offs with canopy exposure across tree species in temperate forests. Ecosphere 7: e01313.

Berdanier and Clark (2016) Multiyear drought-induced morbidity preceding tree death in southeastern US forests. Ecological Applications 26: 17-23. Media coverage: Environmental Monitor, ClimateWire, Futurity, Phys.org

Ernakovich, Hopping, Berdanier, Simpson, Kachergis, Steltzer and Wallenstein (2014) Predicted responses of arctic and alpine ecosystems to altered seasonality under climate change. Global Change Biology 20: 3256-3269.

Berdanier (2013) Leaves as thermometers. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology 9: 1.

Conant, Berdanier, and Grace (2013) Patterns and trends in nitrogen use and nitrogen recovery efficiency in world agriculture. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27: 558-586.

Valle and Berdanier (2012) Computer programming skills for environmental sciences. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 93: 373-389.

Berdanier and Conant (2012) Regionally differentiated estimates of cropland N2O emissions reduce uncertainty in global calculations. Global Change Biology 18: 928-935.

Grossman, Berdanier, Custic, Feeley, Peake, Saenz, and Sitton. (2011) Integrating photosynthesis, respiration, biomass partitioning, and plant growth: Developing a Microsoft Excel®-based simulation model of Wisconsin Fast Plant (Brassica rapa, Brassicaceae) growth with undergraduate students. Mathematical Modeling of Natural Phenomena 6: 295-313.

Berdanier and Klein (2011) Growing season length and soil moisture interactively constrain high elevation aboveground net primary production. Ecosystems 14: 963-974.

Berdanier (2010) Global treeline position. Nature Education Knowledge 1: 11.