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An Evening with The Climate Corporation: Sustainability on the Farm

Original event: https://www.meetup.com/Data-Science-for-Sustainability/events/242232299/

Nick Koshnick, Vice President of Soil Science, Keely Roth, Sr. Remote Sensing Scientist, and Dan McCaffrey, Vice President of Data Analytics at Climate Corp

The Climate Corporation aims to help all the world's farmers sustainably increase their productivity through the use of digital tools. Using predictive modeling, advanced imagery and AI, we help farmers visualize and analyze crop performance, to make the best decisions for their fields. Throughout your evening with The Climate Corporation, you will hear a presentation and panel discussion on environmental challenges facing agriculture, and the critical role data science and digital tools play in sustainable food production.

About our speakers:

Nick Koshnick grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and has a keen interest in rural business ecosystems, land management, and the use of better data and data management systems to improve agriculture. Nick is currently the Fertility Science Lead at The Climate Corporation and his team is focused on modeling soil water processes, crop dynamics and nutrient levels to help farmers make better decisions about one of their most important input decisions. He joined Climate when the soil measurement company he co-founded (Solum Inc.) was acquired in 2014. Nick earned his B.A. in Physics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D in Applied Physics from Stanford University.

Keely Roth is a Sr. Remote Sensing Scientist at The Climate Corporation working on the Geospatial Research Team. She analyzes imagery from UAVs, planes, and satellites using Data Science to measure and map crop health during the growing season. Keely grew up on a farm in central Illinois, where she spent a lot of time outdoors and developed a strong sense of environmental stewardship. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and her masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Geography.

Dan is the Vice President of Data and Analytics at The Climate Corporation, where he leads the team who builds the analytics platform which helps generate product insights for the industry’s best agriculture data products and user experience. Dan has 26 years of experience working in Silicon Valley in analytics and engineering for large scale systems. Before joining Climate, Dan served as Vice President Data and Analytics at Teespring.com, CTO at Reputation.com and a General Manager at Zynga for 5 years, leading the Analytics and Platform engineering teams. He also spent more than 16 years in conducting biotech research and bioinformatics engineering at a variety of companies including Genentech. Dan holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Vassar College and a Master's degree in computer information systems from Golden Gate University.
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