STEVEN HADDOCK is a Research Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, studying bioluminescence and biodiversity of gelatinous zooplankton. He came with a programming background to his graduate studies in Marine Biology, where he quickly realized the advantages that computing skills offered and felt compelled to help foster these abilities in others. He has developed many utilities and devices for research, including instruments to monitor bioluminescence from fireflies, a freezer monitoring system, a web-based conference registration database, and a PCR calculator for smartphones. In addition to teaching invertebrate zoology and writing a booklet to teach the technique of blue-water scuba diving, he has given tutorials in computing to students and administrators. His interest in education extends to his Bioluminescence Web Page (lifesci.ucsb.edu/~biolum/) and the Jellywatch.org citizen-science website (jellywatch.org).
CASEY DUNN, an Assistant Professor at Brown University, USA, does research that has a large computational component but always in conjunction with work in the field and lab. His first interest in computers stemmed from building electronics, and he further developed his computational skills working in Silicon Valley while an undergraduate. As his data sets grew larger and larger during grad school and his postdoc, he found himself reaching back to his computer background more often. In the course of his own research and helping other biologists with their computational challenges, he became concerned about the mismatch between training opportunities and the real day-to-day computational problems biologists face. In addition to teaching invertebrate biology, evolution, and development, his educational activities include the websites siphonophores.org and creaturecast.org. Dr. Dunn is the recipient of the National Science Foundation's 2011 Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.
Ok but not great. Bought it too use as textbook in a class and went with another text instead.Published 1 month ago by Tragic City
Oh my goodness this book is amazing. Must-read for any PhD student trying to break in to computational biology.Published 1 month ago by Katelyn M Gostic
Great book for ramping up your computational skills. It covers a lot of powerful tools in a very straightforward and easy to digest manner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rory Weston
Purchased this for someone else for use in a class. He said that it was a good book, so it sounds fine.Published 3 months ago by Jill Hancock
Touches on a wide array of subject matter. Useful for the biologists just looking to get into the programming game.Published 4 months ago by A. Vahedi-faridi
Great for someone just beginning to learn programming. I am a molecular biologist and have gotten to the point where knowing how to program is almost becoming a requirement for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew Jenny
For anyone who needs to deal with command line programming for analyses, this is a great book. The linux & python sections were especially helpful.Published 5 months ago by PhyloFish
This is a great introductory book, but what is has in introductory material, it lacks in depth. I would definitely recommend getting a supplementary book if you're interested in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Polychaos
I am using it for my Computational Biology class. This is the first time that I am computing... and this book is helping me a lotPublished 6 months ago by Veronica Barragan