This website has seen many forms since I created my first personal website while a freshman at Penn State University back in 1996. It started as a basic HTML site that I created in Adobe GoLive. Then it morphed into a personal page using the Mambo CMS, which later was forked to become Joomla. After moving my site to Joomla, I integrated the Coppermine Photo Gallery and later switched to Gallery 3. From there, my site moved to Adobe’s MyPortfolio, where I still host my photo gallery. While I still have a photo gallery, my main site has now transitioned to Ghost, an open-source content management system designed for blogs and newsletters.
As a Ghost site, the main focus will be the blog and my writing instead of photography. This is a first for me, and I’m excited about the different types of writing that I will have the opportunity to do here. While I’ve written many scientific reports and publications, I have not spent much time writing shorter articles related to my profession where the target audience is the general public. My goals for this blog are to focus the writing on a few main areas:
- Site news (such as this post)
- Data analysis and coding with R and Python
- Research software experiences
- Journal article summaries and commentary
- Non-fiction book reviews and notes
- Summaries of wildlife and renewable energy news
I hope these topics are niche enough to make both the content unique while still being of general interest to folks from diverse backgrounds, both inside and outside of science.