I’m a PhD candidate at SUNY-ESF, working with Colin Beier and Aidan Ackerman on model interpretability, data visualization, and environmental data science. My past projects have included assessing the landscape-level impacts of ecosystem engineers within New York’s Adirondack State Park, as well as investigating the impact of fertilization on beech bark disease within the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In all of these projects I’ve worked to apply data science techniques to large-scale challenges, frequently serving as the statistical and technical expert within my team.


State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry | Syracuse, NY

Ph.D. in Environmental Science | August 2020 - Present (Expected 2024)
B.S. in Forest Ecosystem Science | August 2015 - December 2018

Selected Projects


Stem size selectivity is stronger than species preferences for beaver, a central place forager. Mahoney, M. J. and Stella, J. C. 2020. Forest Ecology and Management, 475, 118331.

R Packages

mvdf | A standardized approach to using R as a frontend for the Blender 3D rendering program | 2021
terrainr | Retrieve Data from the USGS National Map and Transform it for 3D Landscape Visualizations | 2021
heddlr | Functional Programming Concepts for R Markdown Documents | 2020