V. J. P. Syverson

2658 E. Alluvial Ave, Fresno, CA 93727 | (559) 288-2872 | E-mail: vsyverson@gmail.com


Ph.D. geoscientist with expertise in analyzing interactions of organisms and environments. Developer of R text-mining applications for scientific literature, R statistical analysis code, and API-based graphical front-end for public global geospatial database of fossil collections. Interested in large datasets and data-driven decision-making. Currently on the academic track, but considering a move toward industry. Available to relocate within California in 2020.


Strong background in statistics and geoscience; peer-reviewed publication record, public speaking in conferences and classrooms; proficient R programmer; technical editing and illustration. Strong quantitative, visual, and communication skills. Comfortable with team projects and remote work.

Technical: R (many libraries), some Python (numpy, scipy), HTML5/CSS/JS (jQuery, d3) with JSON APIs, SQL (MySQL, PostgreSQL); version control in Github, image processing and document layout in Adobe CS, Unix


University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan 2009-2014

Ph.D., Geology. Relevant coursework: Inverse Modeling, Statistics in R

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 2003-2008

B.S., Geology. Relevant coursework: Introduction to ArcGIS, Field Mapping, Linear Algebra


Programming and statistics

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2016-2018

Doctoral student and independent researcher, University of Michigan, 2008-2016 (All analysis in this section conducted in R)

Professional publications

Technical communication, teaching, collections management

Personal interests

Gardening & beekeeping (I manage a 28+ household community garden with beehives & orchard), museum design, language evolution, early & baroque music. Enjoys hiking, canoeing, traveling, exploring ecosystems. Pretty good cook, reasonably handy, and usually a quick study.


Github: https://github.com/vjpsyverson

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/V_Syverson/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xZZM1EMAAAAJ&hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-syverson-4a46093/