Fellow Detail

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Name Thomas Etherington
Affiliation Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Research area code (F8) Physical geographical sciences
Fellowship Inauguration Year 2017
Short Biography

I trained as a geographer and ecologist so I have absolutely no formal background or training in computer science or computer programming. I began programming in 2007 to automate basic software tasks in proprietary software, but having discovered the potential of programming I now only use open-source software for geographic data analysis and mapping to create accessible, reproducible, and scalable scientific research. I have gone as far as creating and publishing my own Python package, called NLMpy (https://pypi.python.org/pypi/nlmpy), and this would represent the height of my programming skills and experience.

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Blog Posts

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Species distribution modellers who don’t code, want to code! Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Reflections on the value of teaching one-day introductory computer programming workshops Tuesday, 03 October 2017
The obstacles to learning programming from the perspective of non-programming geographers Friday, 18 August 2017
Speeding up Python with Cython—some thoughts for Python programmers Tuesday, 25 July 2017