Dr Grant RW Humphries


Black Bawks Data Science Ltd., United Kingdom

I was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, and as part of that became fond of all things on the ocean. Initially, I had interests in aviation and aeronautics, which eventually evolved into a passion for birds.

Academically, my career started at Memorial University where my love for the ocean and birds combined after a field season in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. I completed an honours degree in Biology under the tutelage of Dr. Ian Jones. This research focused on categorizing geographic variation in vocalizations of Leach's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa). I moved from Newfoundland to Fairbanks, Alaska where I did my M.Sc research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks under Dr. Falk Huettmann. My M.Sc research was based on examining the use of a biogenic, climatically active compound called dimethylsulfide (DMS) as an indicator of Storm-petrel distribution.

I now run my own small data science consultancy called "Black Bawks data science", based in Scotland.

I am a well practiced GIS analyst, and am proficient with R, and Python programming languages.

Currently I am in charge of a committee of dedicated individuals who are developing "Seabirds.net", which is a one-stop data information portal for seabird data on a global scale. It is the main site for the World Seabird Union, which is a group consisting of a conglomerate of global seabird organizations.