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Many people invoke "ecosystem" as metaphor to emphasize complexity and interdependence in communication systems like the Internet.  However, there is also a huge natural science called "ecology"  which successfully learns about biological ecosystems.  Organizational sociologists and communication scientists have already appropriated theories, models and methods from ecology to understand interdependence between human organizations like firms and social movements.  I draw both from these social science literatures and from bio-ecology to understand how environmental contexts and interdependence between online communities shapes their growth, survival and organizing processes. My master's thesis (with Mako and Aaron) applied this approach using topic models to study competition between online petitions.
 
Many people invoke "ecosystem" as metaphor to emphasize complexity and interdependence in communication systems like the Internet.  However, there is also a huge natural science called "ecology"  which successfully learns about biological ecosystems.  Organizational sociologists and communication scientists have already appropriated theories, models and methods from ecology to understand interdependence between human organizations like firms and social movements.  I draw both from these social science literatures and from bio-ecology to understand how environmental contexts and interdependence between online communities shapes their growth, survival and organizing processes. My master's thesis (with Mako and Aaron) applied this approach using topic models to study competition between online petitions.
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A second approach to explaining the growth and survival both of online communities and of organizations observes that they have stages of development (e.g. Tuckman's forming, norming, storming, performing).  Similarly, online communities may have lifecycles of their own.  Wikipedia's editor community started taking off and grew rapidly through 2008 when it abruptly began declining as it grew more oligarchical and closed to newcomers. [https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3173929 My work] suggests that this pattern of rise-and-decline accompanied by barriers to newcomers generalizes to other peer production projects. 
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I have a growing interest in the use of online field experiments in social science.  I collaborated on a study of a natural quasi-experiment where Wikis made a design change which seems to lead to changes in communication behaviors. I am also working on a field experiment analysis of algorithmic bias, Ask me!   
  
 
I grew up in Eastern Washington, where I worked in a glass Laboratory at [http://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=669 PNNL] where I contributed to a number of material science papers. I went to college at [http://whitworth.edu Whitworth University] where  I received a double-B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2012.  As an undergrad I was part of a humble [https://www.whitworth.edu/academic/faculty/index.aspx?Username=kjones bioinformatics research group] and contributed to research in [http://hanj.cs.illinois.edu/pdf/sigmod11_tweninger.pdf structured search engines]. After this I worked at Microsoft for a couple of years where I did a number of small things mainly related to search suggestions for Bing multimedia. After this I briefly worked as a data science consultant in medical informatics.  
 
I grew up in Eastern Washington, where I worked in a glass Laboratory at [http://energyenvironment.pnnl.gov/staff/staff_info.asp?staff_num=669 PNNL] where I contributed to a number of material science papers. I went to college at [http://whitworth.edu Whitworth University] where  I received a double-B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2012.  As an undergrad I was part of a humble [https://www.whitworth.edu/academic/faculty/index.aspx?Username=kjones bioinformatics research group] and contributed to research in [http://hanj.cs.illinois.edu/pdf/sigmod11_tweninger.pdf structured search engines]. After this I worked at Microsoft for a couple of years where I did a number of small things mainly related to search suggestions for Bing multimedia. After this I briefly worked as a data science consultant in medical informatics.  

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