For my thesis, I researched the effects of elevation on Orthoptera species
richness, community composition and elevational range (Rapoport's rule) in the Parc Natural de
l'Alt Pirineu in the Catalan Pyrenees.
MRes in Environmental Biology
University of St. Andrews
My project investigated the relationship between
habitat fragmentation in Fife, Scotland, and bird species richness.
BSc in Mathematics and Astrophysics
Keele University with semester at Brock University, Canada
Dual honours degree with equal credits in maths and astrophysics. My
research project used imagery from ground-based telescopes to search for comets by looking
for differences in the pixels between the images.
Relevant work experience
Swiss Polar Institute
My main role was to work with scientists from the 22 projects which took part in the
Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition to ensure the datasets were well-described in human
and machine-readable formats, then made openly available for others to use.
Arctic Century Expedition
Aug - Sept 2021
My main tasks were to visualise and check the integrity of the cruise
track data, support on-board scientists with data-related queries, helped to maintain an intranet
and use a Django application to record samples collected during the expedition.
Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition
Dec 2016 - Apr 2017
I was responsible for ensuring all 30TB of data were safely stored and
and the metadata describing the collection of 30,000 samples, was recorded.
Bio-acoustic Data Manager
British Antarctic Survey
I was the data manager for the Southern Ocean Network of Acoustics
(SONA) project, collaborating with researchers to bring together the fisheries acoustic
data collected in the Southern Ocean.
Biological Data Manager
British Antarctic Survey
I curated a variety of biological datasets to prepare them for
long-term storage and improve their accessibility. Additionally, I prepared loans of
specimens from the Antarctic herbarium.
2011 & 2012
I undertook standardised point counts and ringing surveys of birds in
Cusuco National Park, Honduras.
Royal Entomological Society MSc scholarship
NERC MRes studentship
Data Carpentries Ecology Curriculum Advisory Committee
Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management
Southern Ocean Observing System Data Management Committee
I have been ringing birds in the UK since 2011 and have a C permit with a mist-net
endorsement. I have also participated in specific ringing projects in Honduras
Bird surveys including point counts, transect counts on land and at sea.
Invertebrate surveys for earthworms, transect counts of bees and butterflies and
sweep net surveys for Orthoptera.
Ad-hoc identification of European wildlife and recording in citizen science
I use Python and R for managing data files, data manipulation and
A lot of my work, from programming to writing my thesis (and this website) is
done using version control (git, GitHub and GitLab).
I often use relational databases and SQL to manage and interrogate data. More
recently, I have developed simple Django applications for doing this because for me,
it really improves the data entry and checking experience.
My laptop runs on Debian and I regularly use the command line and some simple
bash scripts for day-to-day tasks.
I often use Pandoc and markdown for writing long documents. I have dabbled
with LaTeX as well.
Landwehr, S., Volpi, M., Haumann, F.A., Robinson, C.M., Thurnherr, I., Ferracci, V., Baccarini, A.,
Thomas, J., Gorodetskaya, I., Tatzelt, C., Henning, S., Modini, R.L., Forrer, H.J., Lin, Y., Cassar,
N., Simó, R., Hassler, C., Moallemi, A., Fawcett, S.E., Harris, N., Airs, R., Derkani, M.H.,
Alberello, A., Toffoli, A., Chen, G., Rodríguez-Ros, P., Zamanillo, M., Cortés-Greus, P., Xue, L.,
Bolas, C.G., Leonard, K.C., Perez-Cruz, F., Walton, D. and Schmale, J. (2021). Exploring the coupled
ocean and atmosphere system with a data science approach applied to observations from the Antarctic
Circumnavigation Expedition, Earth System Dynamics, 12(4), pp. 1295–1369. Available at:
Thomas, J., Alba, M., Bouillet, E., Novellino, A., Pina Estany, C. &
Volpi, M. IMDIS conference, 2021. How to stop re-inventing the wheel: a data management
case study. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4597522 (keynote)
Thomas, J., Fielding, S., Tate, A., Cox, M., Kloser, R., Ryan, T., Brehmer, P.,
Béhagle, N., Skaret, G., Korneliussen, R., O'Driscoll, R., Dunford, A. & Reiss, C. SCAR Open
Science Conference 2014. Southern Ocean Network of Acoustics – A circumpolar database of
acoustic observations of the mid-trophic level in the Southern Ocean.