Nissa Ferm

Stockholm, Sweden · nissa-remove-.ferm@gmail.com

Data Scientist by way of Fisheries Biology. I enjoy creating tools which support open and reproducible science, designing beautiful and compelling data visualizations, communicating statistical findings to technical groups and the public, and being an education resource by supporting my colleagues growth. Currently seeking a data scientist position in Stockholm, Sweden or in a remote organization.

CV: pdf

Resume: html

Skills

Data Science
  • R Package development
  • Data Pipelines
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Machine Learning
Languages & Tools
  • r
  • git
  • Github
  • GitLab
  • sqllite
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Power Point
  • Publisher
  • ArcMap
Communication
  • Technical writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Education and Outreach

Projects

Open source data science projects: professional projects and personal contributions.

Tidyverse Developer Day

Resolving issues and making pull requests for packages in the Tidyverse.

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FastrCAT

An R package for data collected from oceanographic temperature and salinity hardware. Compiles data, produces automated cruise report, QA/QCs data, makes temperature/salinity plots, and maps of indices.

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ICES Hackathon

An R Shiny application providing a quality control tool for Length-Weight Distribution of catch on board a fishing vessel.

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Publications

A collection of journal articles, tehnical reports, presentations and talks.

Experience

Fisheries Biologist

Contractor for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Seattle, Washington USA

Most recently I created a diet/health index for juvenile pollock, using machine learning. I developed and wrote an R package called FastrCAT; which creates a data pipeline for a non-standard format oceanographic data. The package produces automated reports, maps, plots, and prepares data for import into the database. Contributing data analysis products and writing about the diets of Arctic juvenile flatfish. Ongoing yearly projects include verifying the taxonomic identification of zooplankton, processing diets of juvenile groundfish, field work in the Bering and Arctic Seas, managing diet data, performing statistical analysis, creating data visualizations, and presenting findings to peers and the public as talks or in writing. In managing yearly deliverables and short-term projects shows I am an effective collaborator with colleagues and have excellent time management skills. In 2016, I received a National Marine Fisheries Service Team Member of the Year Award. The award is given for outstanding contributions in advancing the mission of the United States Federal agency NOAA's, office of the National Marine Fisheries Service, as recognized by their peers.

2009 - Present

Marine Science Educator

The Seattle Aquarium; Seattle, Washington USA

As a teacher I taught high school students in beach monitoring techniques, sampling design, data analysis, and presentation of data they collected. We provided meaningful, inquiry-based field-based experiences where students participated in real-world problem solving.

February 2013 - August 2013

Marine Science Instructor

Pacific Marine Research: Seattle, Washington USA

I taught groups of 20 -30 elementary aged children about the Puget Sound ecosystem. Teaching areas include: plankton sampling, microscopy, life histories of benthic and pelagic species, water quality, ecology and stewardship.

March 2012 - June 2012

Research Scientist

Contractor for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Southern Ocean near South Shetland Islands

Lead zooplankton taxonomist on shipboard mission to evaluate krill and zooplankton populations in Antarctic waters. Authored an in-house taxonomic manual for identification of common species which occurred in research area. Trained team on identification of zooplankton species. In 2017, I received the Antarctic Service Medal, for the work in 2011 and 2010. The medal was issued by the United States Federal Agency the National Science Foundation. Civilian participants who deploy to an Antarctic research station or vessel and remain south of 60 degrees South latitude are eligible to receive an Antarctica Service Medal and Certificate from the National Science Foundation.

January 2011 - March 2011

Research Scientist

Contractor for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Southern Ocean near South Shetland Islands

Lead zooplankton taxonomist on shipboard mission to evaluate krill and zooplankton populations in Antarctic waters. Trained team on identification of zooplankton species.

January 2010 - March 2010

Graduate Research Assistantship

University of Washington/School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences/Wetland Ecosystems Team: Seattle, Washington USA

Focus of research was categorizing potential risk of coastal waters along the West Coast of the United states as sources of invasive zooplankton. Performed collection, entry, analysis, and visualization of data. Wrote and contributed to technical reports, journal articles, and presentations.

2006 - 2009

Research Scientist

University of Washington/School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences/Wetland Ecosystems Team: Seattle, Washington USA

Focus of research was invasive zooplankton entry into Puget Sound. Collection of samples required coordinating with the Seattle Port Authority, Shipping Companies, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to board vessels and maintain chain of custody of collected samples and paperwork. Experiments at an of site field station and oil tankers were performed to test the efficacy of ballast water treatment devices. I managed data collection and entry for projects. Provided summary data products and contributed writing and data visualizations for journal articles, technical reports, and talks.

2002 - 2006

Research Technician

University of Washington/School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences/Wetland Ecosystems Team: Seattle, Washington USA

Served as a laboratory and field technician across multiple concurrent projects. The focus of research was invasive zooplankton entry into Puget Sound through ballast water. Responsibilities were to manage sample collection, identification of species, data entry, summarizing findings, and submitting data and findings to senior researchers.

2001 - 2002

Research Technician

San Francisco State University/ Estuary & Ocean Science Center/ Kimmerer Lab: Tiburon, California USA

Served as a laboratory and field technician monitoring growth of zooplankton species in the San Francisco Estuary. Required field collection of specimens, identification of species, and running growth rate experiments. Managed data collection and entry.

2000 - 2001

Student Research Assistant

San Francisco State University/ Estuary & Ocean Science Center/ Kimmerer Lab: Tiburon, California USA

Assisted researchers in laboratory and field work. Trained in identification of zooplankton from the San Francisco Estuary.

2000

Education

University of Washington: Seattle, Washington USA

Statistical Analysis and R Programming Certification
Proffesional and Continuing Education Program: Statistical Analysis with R Programming
2017

University of Washington Tacoma: Tacoma, Washington USA

Master of Education
School of Education, Program: Secondary Certification in Sciences. Thesis: Effective Incorporation of Statistics in the General Biology Classroom: Going Beyond the Average and Getting to Significance
2015

San Francisco State University: San Francisco, California USA

Bachelor of Science
Biology with emphasis in marine biology and limnology
2000
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