MUSE conference 2018

This week, I attended the Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) conference. Since arriving at the University of Michigan, I have been attending the MUSE bi-weekly workshops during which PhD students and postdocs give presentations or discuss articles on a range of topics related to sustainability and the environment.

The MUSE conference is a large-scale version of these workshops, bringing people from across the University of Michigan to present their research during a two-day event. I chaired the session on Land Use and Land Cover Change on Thursday morning and presented my own results from using solar-induced fluorescence to map reforestation in China.

It was a fun occasion to meet students, postdocs, and faculty from a range of departments, from English to Psychology, and Mechanical Engineering to the School of Public Health, and I hope that some of the contacts made at the conference will eventually turn into long-term collaborations.

Jupyter Days Boston

Last week, I attended the Jupyter Days in Boston. Hosted by  O’Reilly Media, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library and the Harvard Law School Library, the event brought together over 100 iPython/Jupyter enthusiasts (and experts!) from academia and industry.

I started using Python about six months ago when I dived into remote sensing data, and I have used Jupyter notebooks on occasion, mostly for debugging code, so I was curious to see what else could be done with them! This was also my first time attending this kind of workshop, and I was excited to see what the community was like.

Many great talks were given, and you can see the list of presenters and their slides HERE. On day 1, I really enjoyed learning new tricks, like how to use Binder to turn a GitHub repo of notebooks into an executable environment, allowing the code to be reproducible by anyone. I also discovered the magical plots made with Plotly, which I am looking forward to using. Finally, one of the highlights was the very impressive Safia Abdalla, college student, CEO of dsfa and Jupyter expert. It was very inspiring to see such a young woman rock the room with both her humor and her knowledge on kernels (the thing you have to restart in your notebook every once and a while without knowing really why…). Check out her hilarious slides!

Day 2 was a bit more technical and hands-on with an extensive intro to Docker in the morning, and a few more examples of application in the afternoon. I especially enjoyed Brian Keegan’s demonstration on how to use Jupyter to analyze Wikipedia’s network!

In summary, lots of new knowledge, probably more than I will be able to process, and I’m certainly looking forward to going to a similar workshop again soon!

SPATIAL Short Course at the University of Utah

I just came back from the SPATIAL Short Course, organized by Gabe Bowen at the University of Utah. Morning lectures were focus on the theoretical underpinnings of spatial structure in a range of isotopic systems and how these are applied to address scientific challenges in multi-scale ecological, biogeochemical and Earth science research. Afternoon laboratory sessions introduced us to tools and techniques for working with spatially explicit environmental datasets, including geodata identification, acquisition, management, and analysis, using real data from published and unpublished sources.

Lecturers included John HayesJason West, Chris Still, David Noone, Simon Brewer, John Lin, Jed SparksJim Ehleringer, Rebecca PowellDiane Pataki and Jason Neff. You can also have  look at the presentations we produced after each week of afternoon labs HERE.

Beyond the lectures and labs, the course was a great way to meet graduate students and post docs working in my field and I am excited to develop new collaborations and projects with them!


I just got accepted to the SPATIAL 2014 Summer course at the University of Utah. This course is the second leg of the Iso-Camp Summer school I attended in June 2013. SPATIAL is focused on regional and continental research involving stable isotopes. In addition, I also got awarded a $2300 NSF scholarship to cover the tuition of the course.

I am very excited and I am really looking forward to being back in Salt Lake City to hang out with the isotopeteers!

First International Workshop on Advances in Observations, Models and Measurements Techniques of Atmospheric Water Vapor Isotopes

I gave a presentation at the First International Workshop on Advances in Observations, Models and Measurements Techniques of Atmospheric Water Vapor Isotopes hosted at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) in Gif-Sur-Yvette, near Paris, from October 16th to October 18th 2013. My talk presented the first results of her project on rain-vapor equilibrium in Central Kenya.

The workshop was organized by Hans Christian Steen-Larsen and Valérie Masson-Delmotte and had been designed to bring together the community involved in measurements and modeling of water vapor stable isotopes in order to review the state of the art, to stimulate new collaborations, and to formulate recommendations for future research. It was decided to write a white paper highlighting the added-value of isotope measurements for atmospheric science studies, the state of the art for each topic, the progress in different research directions allowed by recent water vapor isotopic composition measurements, and key recommendations.

Workshop’s website

My presentation