Tamora James

Research Software Engineer

Tamora joined the RSE team in November 2023. She began her career in web and software development, working for over a decade in a variety of roles, before returning to academia to complete an MRes in population ecology and a PhD in conservation demography at the University of Sheffield. While studying for her PhD she became interested in how she could use her background in software development to help other researchers to improve their research software outputs by teaching them about commonly used tools and practices such as version control.

After completing her PhD in 2020, she joined the Centre for Environmental Modelling and Computation (CEMAC) at the University of Leeds as a Software Development Scientist, initially supporting the Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African SWIFT) project. While at Leeds she worked on a range of projects including automated synoptic plotting for operational forecasting in Africa, visualisation of climate co-benefits, detection of biometeors using radar data, and the FASTA mobile app for near-real time weather forecasting (nowcasting) in Africa.

She has experience in writing research software using R and Python, and she has developed and led training in version control and reproducible research practices since 2016. She has been a co-organiser of Sheffield R Users Group since 2017.