Dr. Maria Wojakowski founded Conservation Informatics in 2018 with the goal of making high quality analytics accessible to students and professionals in environmentally and ecologically oriented fields. She holds a Masters Degree is Statistics and a Doctorate in Biology from Stanford University, and has worked as a biostatistics instructor and statistical consultant. She is an American Statistical Association accredited Graduate Statistician (GStat).
About Our Founder and Owner
Better Analytics for Better Conservation, Environmental, and Wildlife Research?
Biologists, ecologists, environmental scientists, veterinarians, wildlife and preserve managers, and conservationists are all engaged in data-intensive disciplines. The data collected by these professionals are valuable, informing decisions that have consequences for the management of natural resources, land, and wildlife. Given the global need for preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems as well as sustainability, the research products and conclusions that result need to be of the highest quality.
Working with field and research biologists, we learned that many projects have a few things in common that are often viewed as hindrances.
Researchers devote incredible time and effort to collecting high quality and often large quantities of data, but due to the number of variables, size of the data, structure of the data, and/or research questions, traditional statistical methods are not appropriate
Data collection is influenced by environmental and seasonal changes, increasing the complexity of the analysis
Data needs to be aggregated from multiple online sources, and the preparation and cleaning of the data is challenging
Tools and computational power to address bigger data sets are lacking
Talks with statistical consultants have been unsuccessful because researchers felt they were not understood
It makes a difference for researchers to consult and work with someone who "speaks both languages", the biological and the statistical. Together, we select the most appropriate statistical methods for both the research questions and the structure of the data, taking into account researchers' observations and intuition, based on countless hours in their field sites.
Research results and conclusions depend on the quality of both the data and the analytics. As field and research biologists and ecologists, we understand the demands of data collection in the field. We too have labored tirelessly to collect high quality data, and we believe the highest quality analytics should be available for your data, because the decisions made based on your research matter.
Biologists, ecologists, environmental scientists, veterinarians, wildlife and preserve managers, and conservationists are asking instrumental research questions about preservation of ecosystems and species, biodiversity, and sustainability. They have expert knowledge of their systems, and also some challenges:
Synthesis and management of data, especially synthesis of data from multiple (often online) sources
Selection and implementation of the appropriate statistical method for a data set and research question(s)
Computation, especially in "big data" situations
Generation of data products, including code, graphics (data visualization), and maps
The mission of Conservation Informatics is to help you with your analytics and informatics needs, so that you can continue to help the environment.