James Soda, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Math and Data Science
Professor Soda is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Data Science. His teaching interests include probability and statistics, computational mathematics, and scientific programming. He also contributes to the curriculum design for Quinnipiac’s Data Science Program. As an instructor, Prof. Soda seeks to impart the knowledge and academic skills necessary for students to succeed in their professional and intellectual endeavors, not just while they are students but throughout their careers.
Professor Soda’s research interests center on data science applications to ecology, evolution, and medicine. His recent work has focused on disease modeling and geometric morphometrics, the statistical study of biological shape variation. In addition, he is the current moderator for the popular Morphmet listserv, which functions as an international forum for researchers to discuss work related to geometric morphometrics.
Professor Soda earned a B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University in 2009 and a M.A. in Biology from Stony Brook University in 2011. Starting in 2011, his academic interests shifted towards data science, leading him to earn a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computational Science from Florida State University. Between 2017 and 2019, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Notre Dame, until accepting his current position at Quinnipiac.