• Skilled big data analyst
  • Fluent in R and Python
  • Fluent in French and English
  • Level 2 mist net banding certification
  • Level 3 seabird banding certification
  • Skilled sailor
  • Proficient with machine learning techniques and software
  • Proficient with ESRI's ArcMAP software
  • Skilled with geo-spatial analysis
  • Canadian boating license 

Where am i going next?....


I am now based at Stony Brook University in New York where I will be working on building a web application for delivering penguin population data and studying penguin habitat selection

skills and certifications

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 then moved to the University of Otago, New Zealand, where I worked on how sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) were indicators of shifts in the Southern Oscillation. This project was supervised by Prof Henrik Moller and Dr. Philip Seddon, and was completed in February 2014.

I am a well practiced GIS analyst, and am proficient with R, and Python programming languages, with a focus on machine learning and predictive modeling.  

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.

about grant humphries

Grant Humphries, PhD. grwhumphries@humphriesresearch.com