Eric Berlow2018-10-23T10:28:05+00:00

Hi, I’m Eric.

I specialize in not specializing, but have focused on 3 broad themes:
Ecology,  Network Science, and Finding Simplicity in Complex Data.
I like to connect the dots among problems, people, projects,
and pretty much anything, actually.

Hi, I’m Eric.

I specialize in not specializing, but have focused on 3 broad themes: Ecology,  Network Science, and Finding Simplicity in Complex Data. I like to connect the dots among problems,  people, projects, and pretty much anything, actually.

I’m a Data Ecologist

I co-founded Vibrant Data (acquired by Rakuten in 2016) to help people see, understand, and think critically with complex data. I work on a variety of data science problems that (hopefully) have the potential to positively impact humanity (and other species too). Contact me if you’d like to collaborate. More…

I’m an Ecological Network Scientist

I have been collaborating with ecologists, physicists, and computer scientists since the late 1990’s to understand the architecture and dynamics of complex ecosystems. More recently this work has broadened to include social and economic networks.  A recurring theme of this work has been to find simplicity in complexity. More…

I’m a Field Ecologist

My academic research started in marine ecology and then migrated uphill to alpine ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada of California, where I helped create the first University of California research/education center in Yosemite National Park. A recurring theme of my field ecology research has been to empower data-driven stewardship of natural ecosystems. More…

Recent Happenings

Featured Project: openmappr

Openmappr is a visual interface for code-free exploration of complex networks. Originally created by Vibrant Data with Kaustuv DeBiswas, David Gurman, Rich Williams, Sundev Lohr, Aditya Vishwakarma, Bimal Kumar, and Moumita Sen, I’m thrilled that openmappr is now a Rakuten Intelligence open-source project. In addition to rendering, styling, and publishing your own networks, openmappr can generate similarity networks from entities with associated tags (e.g., documents with keywords). Check out the latest ‘map’ that synthesizes 100 years of Science Fiction novels or this one of 10 years of TED talks.  I maintain and host a fork to experiment with developments for scientists. Contact me if you’d like to use it.

The “Swall Institute”

The “Swall Institute” is a sustainably designed, creative residency space in California’s Eastern Sierra which overlooks the deepest valley in North America. Swall is 1 hr south of Yosemite National Park. It can accommodate up to 5-7 people. Swall has hosted retreats for: TED Fellows, Levi-Strauss’ sustainability team, Red Bull High Performance, and 72andSunny. At Swall, Sean Gourley and I crafted a  draft of our 2013 TED Talk, and Alex MacDonald finished a book about the economic history of space exploration.  Artist residencies have included: mural artist, Jane Kim, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero, jazz musician Patrick Cress, mushroom burial suit inventor Jae Rhim Lee, and historian/New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.  Swall is a California hub of GrownSkis.  Contact me if you want to collaborate or host a residency.

Eric L. Berlow is an ecologist and network scientist who co-founded Vibrant Data,  a data science and data visualization company that was acquired by Rakuten Inc.. Berlow is internationally recognized for his research on ecological complexity – with articles in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that have received Thomson Reuter’s Most Highly Cited Papers awards.  His two talks on TED.com on finding hidden patterns in complex data have received over 2 million views.  Prior to Vibrant Data, Berlow was the director of the University of California’s first science institute inside Yosemite National Park, which focused on facilitating data-driven decisions for protecting natural ecosystems.

Berlow has received a TED Fellowship, a TED Senior Fellowship, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He was named one of the Top 100 Creatives by Origin Magazine. Berlow holds a  B.A. in Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Ecology from Oregon State University.

Eric L. Berlow is an ecologist and network scientist who co-founded Vibrant Data,  a data science and data visualization company that was acquired by Rakuten Inc. in 2016. Berlow is internationally recognized for his research on ecological complexity – with articles in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that have received Thomson Reuter’s Most Highly Cited Papers awards.  His two talks on TED.com on finding hidden patterns in complex data have received over 2 million views.  Prior to Vibrant Data, Berlow was the director of the University of California’s first science institute inside Yosemite National Park, which focused on facilitating data-driven decisions for protecting natural ecosystems.

Berlow has received a TED Fellowship, a TED Senior Fellowship, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He was named one of the Top 100 Creatives by Origin Magazine. Berlow holds a  B.A. in Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Ecology from Oregon State University.