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:   Data Scientist

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Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
MS Earth Sciences 2014 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
BSE Chemical Engineering 2012 The University of Arizona

Kiley Yeakel is a data scientist and scientific software developer researching various applications of machine learning (ML) algorithms and data analysis to improve the science return from current and future missions. She is currently researching ML algorithms for planetary and heliospheric missions, including the detection of magnetopause and bow shock crossings from archival Cassini mission data, improving the detection of exoplanets in direct imaging datasets, and automated detection and tracking of CMEs in Parker Solar Probe imagery datasets. Additionally, she is researching the application of ML to various Earth science remote sensing challenges, such as replacing computationally-intensive, physics-based models with ML algorithms and fusing multiple data products from different sensor phenomenologies into a singular, cohesive product. She has developed algorithms and analysis products for various missions including Parker Solar Probe, Cassini, and Van Allen Probes, as well as explored future missions concepts such as Interstellar Probe that will require on-board science automation for data down-selection. She was the lead fault management engineer for IMAP during Phase A, and previously worked as a researcher in the Engineering and Technology Group at The Aerospace Corporation. 

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL Biogeochemical cycles, processes, and modeling
MAGNETOSPHERIC PHYSICS Magnetopause and boundary layers
Start Year End Year Description
2018 Current Data Scientist, Space Exploration Sector, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
2015 2018 Researcher, Engineering and Technology Group, The Aerospace Corporation
2015 2012 Graduate Student Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Year Description
2019 - 2020 Multiple IRAD awards for machine learning and earth science research
2019 Lead Fault Management Engineer, IMAP, Phase A
2018 Innovator's Award (in recognition of patent publication), The Aerospace Corporation
2013 - 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2012 Sulzer Mines Scholarship for Chemical Engineering
2008 - 2012 The University of Arizona Wildcat Excellence Award
2009 - 2012 Conrad L. Fraps Memorial Scholarship for Chemical Engineering
2012 Director's Graduate Fellowship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Heather N. Page and Andreas J. Andersson and Paul L. Jokiel and Ku'ulei S. Rodgers and Mario Lebrato and Kiley Yeakel and Charlie Davidson and Sydney D'Angelo and Keisha D. Bahr, (2016), Differential modification of seawater carbonate chemistry by major coral reef benthic communities, Coral Reefs, 35, 4, 1311--1325,

, (2015), Shifts in coral reef biogeochemistry and resulting acidification linked to offshore productivity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

, (2014), Partial offsets in ocean acidification from changing coral reef biogeochemistry, Nature Climate Change