Steffi LaZerte, MSc, PhD

Brandon, Manitoba
Canada, R7A3C4

Phone: 204-717-1720
Twitter: @steffilazerte


Born and bred in Muskoka, Ontario I am a consulting biologist and R programmer and rOpenSci Community Assistant. I develop R packages and create R workflows in a variety of disciplines in the Natural Sciences.

Beyond R, I’m a behavioural ecologist with an interest in how humans influence behaviour of animals and how citizen science projects can be used to do great science and engage the public.

I enjoy teaching and outreach and try to spread the love of R and make science more accessible.

Outside of work, I love travelling, be it camping locally (with my kitties!) or flying to visit more distant destinations. But I also enjoy stay-at-home activities such as reading, gardening and spinning wool into yarn.

I was honoured to receive the Society of Canadian Ornithologists/Société des ornithologistes du Canada’s inaugural Early Career Research Award for 2017

Beyond a place of work

I live in Brandon, Manitoba, a beautiful place with a long history, both natural and cultural that I wish to acknowledge and cherish.

I appreciate that territorial acknowledgements can be complex and can sometimes be seen as insincere, a quick and easy way of appeasing Truth and Reconciliation.

However, to me, an acknowledgement is a part of reconciliation. It isn’t the final step, it’s a first step.

As such, I would like to acknowledge that I live and work in Treaty 2 territory which is the traditional territory of the Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-Cree, Cree, and Dene peoples as well as the homeland of the Métis Nation.

I love this area and am privileged to live and work here!