Matt Edrich
Environmental Data Scientist
Data Scientist
Sept. 2021 to Current

Providing TA services after completing a 28-week immersive data science bootcamp emphasizing practical skills in machine learning, data engineering and analytics, natural language processing, and business communications. Notable projects from the bootcamp include:

Web App To Discover Music Through Genre Adjacency 

  • Used Spotify's API to create a MongoDB database mapping musicians to their performed musical genres.
  • Developed an algorithm to establish genre profiles for musicians and determine cosine similarity to user input with Sklearn.
  • Deployed a Streamlit web app to facilitate end-user interaction as an alternative means for music discovery.

Captioning Images For Blind Users

  • Created a deep learning model using a convoluted neural network to apply computer vision to >30,000 images taken by blind users.
  • Paired the model from above with a second deep learning model leveraging a recursive neural network with NLP techniques to generate captions based on image content, achieving a contextual accuracy deemed useful by a small sample of end-user tests.

Classifying Mushroom Toxicity

  • Created a classification model to determine the edibility of common mushrooms of the Agaricus genus.
  • Used ensembling techniques with Random Forest, Decision Trees, k-Nearest Neighbors, and XGBoost to build predictive models.
  • Investigated SHAP values to assist in feature selection and optimize hyperparameters, boosting model accuracy to 96%.

Pricing Campervans With Regression Analysis

  • Collected price and feature data from using a custom webscraping script featuring BeautifulSoup and Selenium.
  • Applied rigorous regularization (Ridge, LASSO) techniques alongside detailed feature engineering to create a model with >70% accuracy.
  • Identified high-value features of campervans for the purposes of effectively marketing a fairly priced product as a private seller.

CACI, Inc.
Fort Collins, CO
Associate Geospatial Analyst
July 2021 to Current

  • Reviewed and updated spatial data for various parts of the globe for the NGA's Janus Geography project using ESRI ArcMap.
  • Performed quality control and quality assurance for outgoing cartographic projects.
  • Assisted in the development of proprietary machine learning tools for in-house GIS applications. 

Natural Habitat Adventures
Boulder, CO
Interpretative Naturalist
May 2018 to July 2021

  • Conducted multiday safaris of various US bioregions (Mountain West and Desert Southwest).
  • Created custom, educational narratives of landscapes, including complex ecological interactions, biology, geology, natural history, and culture.
  • Managed small groups of clients with widely ranging demographics, interests, abilities, and perspectives.

Colorado State University Geospatial Centroid
Fort Collins, CO
Geospatial Intern
Jan. 2016 to May 2018

  • Investigated western wildfire regimes and biodiversity with extensive timeseries and landcover analyses.
  • Provided technical GIS support for non-technical university clients. 

Python Tools & Libraries: NumPy, Pandas, Sklearn, Spark, Docker, BeautifulSoup, Selenium, AstroPy
Supervised Machine Learning: Linear & Logistic Regression, CART, Ensembling Techniques
Unsupervised Machine Learning: Dimensionality Reduction, PCA, K-means, DBScan
Natural Language Processing: NLTK, Topic Modeling (LSA/NMF/LDA), Sentiment Analysis (VADER), Collaborative Filtering, TF-IDF
Deep Learning: Keras
Databases: SQL, mongoDB, ArcGIS
Data Visualization: Seaborn, Matplotlib, Plotly, Tableau, Geopandas
Other: Bash/CLI, Git, Streamlit, Flask, HTML, AWS, Linux, macOS, Windows
Colorado State University
BS Ecosystem Science & Sustainability 2018
I conceived and executed independent GIS-based research that I presented at the 2018 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Topic: 'Using GIS To Assess How Forest Health Treatments In The San Juan National Forest Impact Biodiversity'.
Xi Sigma Pi · Forestry Honors Society
May 2018 to Current
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
May 2018 to Current
Missing Maps · Volunteer Technician
Mar. 2016 to Current
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group · Volunteer Rescuer
June 2018 to Current
Colorado Front Range