Practical Computing for Biologists

ISBN-10: 0878933913
ISBN-13: 9780878933914
Edition: 2011
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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 538
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

STEVEN HADDOCK is a Research Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz,nbsp;USA,nbsp;studying bioluminescence and biodiversity of gelatinous zooplankton. Henbsp;came withnbsp;a programming background to his graduate studies in Marine Biology, where he quickly realized the advantages that computing skills offered and felt compelled to help foster these abilities in others. He has developed many utilities and devices for research, including instruments to monitor bioluminescence from fireflies, a freezer monitoring system, a web-based conference registration database, and a PCR calculator for smartphones. In addition to teaching invertebrate zoology and writing a booklet to teach the technique of blue-water scuba diving, he has given tutorials in computing to students and administrators. His interest in education extends to his Bioluminescence Web Page ( http://lifesci.ucsb.edu/~biolum/ ) and the Jellywatch.org citizen-science website ( www.jellywatch.org ). CASEY DUNN, an Assistant Professor at Brown University,nbsp;USA,nbsp;does research that has a large computational component but always in conjunction with work in the field and lab. His first interest in computers stemmed from building electronics, and he further developed his computational skills working in Silicon Valley while an undergraduate. As his data sets grew larger and larger during grad school and his postdoc, he found himself reaching back to his computer background more often. In the course of his own research and helping other biologists with their computational challenges, he became concerned about the mismatch between training opportunities and the real day-to-day computational problems biologists face. In addition to teaching invertebrate biology, evolution, and development, his educational activities include the websites siphonophores.org and creaturecast.org.

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