James MacCarthy


An aspiring data scientist with a background in sustainable development and a passion for using open-source solutions to streamline data management, analysis, and visualization workflows and deliver data-driven insights to help inform decision-making.


Advanced: R, Python, SQL, ArcGIS
Intermediate: Google Earth Engine, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Git
Basic: PowerBI, Tableau, Linux


Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Feature Engineering, Data Mining, Model Selection, Hypothesis Testing, Network Analysis, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Analysis


Research Associate/ Geospatial Analyst | FHI 360                                      Aug 2018 – Present (1.5 years)

>       Collaborate with clients to define user requirements, develop performance metrics, and architect data pipelines for 5-10 projects per year

>       Develop predictive machine learning models in R for regression and classification problems using structured and unstructured data 3-4 times per year

>       Automate data cleaning, management, analysis, and visualization with R and Python scripts, increasing productivity by at least 50% and saving $10,000-$20,000 per year

>       Prototype and build 2-3 interactive data dashboard and mapping products per year that enable managers to track project activities and measure progress towards project goals

>       Oversee and advise network analyses 1-2 times per month to aid project leaders in identifying community influencers, understanding information flows, and improving social capital

>       Develop course material and lead 2-3 international trainings for 10-20 people per year to expand organizational capacity with statistical, geospatial, and network analysis

>       Contribute maps, graphics, and text that summarize research methods and major findings for 1-2 reports or presentations each month

>       Communicate research results at relevant conferences and stakeholder meetings 2-3 times per year

Technical Manager | Conservation International                                              Jul 2013 – Jul 2016 (3 years)

>       Compiled wildlife, vegetation, and climate data from 15 long-term ecological field sites each month and established best practices for data management by drafting research protocols and data dictionaries

>       Automated data quality processes for large-scale databases with millions of records using R scripts

>       Demonstrated excellent communication skills by providing 24/7 technical support for research teams located in 15 countries across 7 time zones

>       Collaborated with software engineers 2-3 times per month to design and launch a wildlife research product that reduced the level of effort required to collect data by 20-30%

>       Developed course material and led 1-2 international trainings for 10-20 people per year to expand organizational capacity with data collection and quantitative analysis

>       Wrote successful grant proposal for $500,000 to fund environmental education programs and oversaw all aspects of program implementation, including budgeting, recruitment, contracts, and procurement


Duke University | Nicholas School of the Environment | Durham, NC                                        May 2018

Master of Environmental Management | Geospatial Analysis Certificate

>       Awards: Field Scholarship for Environmental Leadership (2016-2018)

>       Final Project: Developed spatially explicit statistical models to estimate animal abundances

Wheaton College | Norton, MA                                                                                                        Feb 2010

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science

>       Awards: Magna Cum Laude (2010), Davis Fellowship for Internships Abroad (2009)

Relevant Courses: Applied Data Analysis, Non-Parametric Statistics, Economics


  • ArcGIS
  • Feature Engineering
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Machine Learning
  • Model Selection
  • Network Analysis
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Python
  • R
  • remote sensing
  • SQL


May 2018

Master of Environmental Management at Duke University

  • Updated 9 months ago

To contact this candidate email james.maccarthy@gmail.com

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