Emily Markowitz is a Research Fisheries Biologist in NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s (AFSC) Bering Sea survey team in Seattle, WA. There, she ventures on research surveys, conducts statistical analyses, and develops data products to better understand the marine ecosystems of Alaska. Previously, Em was a contractor within the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Silver Spring, MD where she primarily worked with the Economics and Social Analysis Division to provide statistical and data visualization expertise. As a John A. Knauss Fellow in the same office, Em facilitated protected species science at the national level with researchers in fisheries and marine mammal sciences. In each of her positions, Em has also been actively involved in teaching and promoting the use of open science and R programming across NOAA Fisheries. She is an Openscapes mentor, as well as a co-organizer of the NMFS R Users Group. Em obtained her BS and MS degrees in quantitative fisheries ecology from Stony Brook University. Her thesis research focused on the development of species distribution models that combined fisheries-independent bottom trawl survey data with oceanographic models to predict suitable habitat and distributional shifts.