Central Valley Water Resources
Using remote sensing (satellite) data to monitor groundwater conditions in California's Central Valley.
Environmental Data Scientist & Creative Programmer
Hi, my name is James Kitchens, and I am a Business Consultant with Venebio Group, LLC, aiding in the analysis of clinical and demographic studies. In December 2019, I graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where I earned a B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Chemistry. While in undergraduate, I worked in the Warren Wilson College Plant Physiology and Genetics Laboratory as a Research Assistant on projects focused around the conservation of human-impacted species in the United States. I am interested in population biology and the impacts of geography on movement and population structure. I enjoy using computational research as a tool for better understanding the natural world.
In January 2020, I moved to Pomona, California and am excited to explore the West Coast (once it is safe to open back up from quarantine)!
3. Whipple, A.L., C. Ray, et al. Temporal analysis of fecal glucocorticoid metabolites to explore variation within and among territories of a climate-sensitive small mammal. Conservation Physiology (submitted).
2. Kim et al. An evaluation of remotely sensed and in-situ data sufficiency for SGMA-scale groundwater studies in the Central Valley, California. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (accepted).
1. Webb et al. (2017) Molecular Genetic Influences on Normative and Problematic Alcohol Use in a Population-Based Sample of College Students. Frontiers in Genetics, 8
September 3, 2020
Genetic algorithms are a Darwinian-inspired method finding optimal, or near-optimal, solutions to complex problems. Mirroring natural selection, a population of potential solutions is generated and then repeatedly combined and mutated at a variable rate corresponding to their fitness at solving the problem.
National Parks Gallery
August 24, 2020
During the summer of 2019, I was an intern in the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute summer internship program at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. At the end of the summer, my partner (Margaret Graham) and I went on a two week-long road trip around the western United States before heading back east.
Phenology, Climate, and Citizen Science
August 10, 2020
Phenology, in its simplest definition, is the study of nature's calendar. It seeks to answer questions such as "what signals tell birds that it is time to migrate south for the winter?", "why spring cold snaps can ruin a year's crop yield?", and most importantly, "how accurate have Punxsutawney Phil's predictions been over the years?".
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August 3, 2020