I am interested in designing and creating technological solutions that assist community members and policymakers in making important environmental decisions. With anthropogenic global climate change threatening multiple facets of society, I anticipate a strong need for effective data analysis, synthesis, and visualization, that will facilitate informed decision-making in everything from emergency management to agriculture. I am aiming for a career in which I can drive the conception and implementation of these systems while incorporating complex datasets, stakeholder needs, and state-of-the-art visualization and analysis techniques into productive tools.

Masters of Science, Cartography & GIS

Anticipated Spring 2017
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Masters Thesis Project: Optimizing Hardware Configuration and Algorithm Inputs for Climate-Driven Ecological Forecasting Models

Masters Thesis Advisors: Jack Williams

Coursework To Date:

  • Geocomputing
  • Principles of Cartography
  • Interactive Cartography
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Climate Science
  • Abrupt Change in Ecological Systems
  • Methods in Biogeography

Bachelors of Arts with Honors, Geography

University of California, Berkeley

GPA: 3.84

Honors Thesis: Geographic Information System Modeling of Wildfire Behavior and Forest Hazard

Undergraduate Thsis Advisor: John Radke

Academic Emphases: Geographic Information Science, Earth Systems Science, Human-Environment Interactions, Physical Geography


  • ArcGIS for Desktop
  • QGIS
  • CartoCSS & MapBox Studio
  • Open Source geoprocessing tools


  • R
  • Python
  • HTML & CSS
  • Javascript
  • MySQL
  • PHP


  • Machine Learning and Predictive Modeling
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Full-stack workflows
  • Titanium & cross-platform development

Laboratory Instructor

8/2016 - present
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Supervise and manage student progress in the introductory applied programming course offered by the UW geography department (Geography 378). Develop lab assigments, worksheets, and exercises to promote student problem solving, computational thinking, and familiarity with prominent geocomputing tools.


8/2014 - 12/2015
Firesphere, LLC

Founded and now managed a firm to to develop wildfire risk modeling technology for use in residential areas. Designed and implemented a mobile app-web portal coupled system to facilitate communication of model outputs and a server-side computation system for calculate potenital fire behavior at high spatial and temporal resolutions. Managed company assets, interacted with community residents and emergency officials, and promoted the service at community events.


1/2014 - 8/2015
University of California, Berkeley

Created a robust history of climate and vegetation in California for the last 22,000 years using statistical and machine-learning methods. Planned, developed, and implemented a centralized system for storing and visualizing paleoecological datasets to facilitate data sharing and exploration while minimizing the potential of data corruption and loss. This project is open source and the beta testing version is hosted by UC Berkeley.

Teaching Assistant

1/2015 - 5/2015
University of California, Berkeley

Worked with advanced graduate students in UC Berkeley's environmental planning capstone course to improve student's understanding of geospatial data collection, manipulation, and modeling in support of class projects.

Graduate Research Fellowship: Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation


Odelbolt Travel Award, Dept. of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Trewartha Research Grant, Dept. of Geography, University of Wisconsin, Madison


University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Odebolt Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society


Nuefield Award at Graduation, University of California, Berkeley


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley.


Dean's List, College of Letters & Science, University of California, Berkeley

2012 & 2014

Team Captain

Cal Men's Swim Team

Worked with co-captains to ensure the collective success of a 33-member team, both in athletics and academics. Led the team to conference and national team championship titles in 2014.

Golden Bear Advisory Committee

2012 - 2014
University of California, Dept. of Intercollegiate Athletics

Represented Men's Swimming in a council tasked with negotiating campus relations with student-athletes and planning department-wide student activities. Emphasized work on promoting sustainability within the student-athlete community, including the implementation of a zero-waste strategy for a dinner for approximately 1000 guests.

National Outdoor Leadership School

North Cascades Mountaineering

Student on a 30 day backpacking and technical mountaineering course in the North Cascades of Washington State. Learned and practiced various styles of leadership in stressful backcountry situtations.

Farley, Scott and John Williams (2016). Predicting Execution Time of Climate-Driven Ecological Forecasting Models. Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Climate Informatics. Sept 20-22. Boulder, CO.

Farley, Scott (2014). GIS Modeling of Wildfire Behavior and Forest Hazard (Undergraduate Honors Thesis).

Farley, Scott. (2013). Modeling Wildfire Hazard with a Geographic Information System. Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, 26(3). Online.

"Using Paleobiodiversity Database to Reconstruct Ancient Land Cover". Digital Resources in Paleontological Research Workshop. March 2017.

"Optimizing Computing Platforms for Climate-Driven Ecological Forecasting Models" (poster). International Biogeography Society Biennial Meeting. January 2017.

"Optimizing Computing Platforms for Climate-Driven Ecological Forecasting Models". American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. December 2016.

"Predicting Execution Time of Climate-Driven Ecological Forecasting Models". 6th International Workshop on Climate Informatics. September 2016.

"Paleoviewer: An enhanced toolkit for visualizing multidimensional Quaternary environmental change". American Quaternary Association Biennial Meeting. June 2016.

"Paleoecological Visualization: Where we are and where we're going." Neotoma Paleoecological Database Biennial Meeting. Invited Speaker. December 2015.

"Crowdsourcing Fuel Observations and Communicating Wildfire Risk Models." Orinda, CA Community Emergency Response Team. Invited Speaker. August 2015.

"Modeling Wildfire Behavior witih FlamMap and Firesphere." UC Berkeley, Environmental Modeling Course (Landscape Architecture 221). Invited Lecturer. April 2015.

"Modeling Paleo-vegetation Patterns with Boosted Regression Trees." UC Berkeley, Initiative for Global Change Biology Fall Symposium. December 2014.

"GIS Modeling of Wildfire Risk and Forest Hazard." UC Berkeley, Honors Thesis Symposium. May 2014.

"Modeling Wildfire Behavior with FlamMap." UC Berkeley, Environmental Modeling Course (Landscape Architecture 221). Invited Lecturer. April 2014.

"Modeling of Wildfire Hazard with a Geographic Information System." UC Berkeley, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium. August 2013.