About Us

Our Services 

Ocean Science Analytics (OSA) is comprised of science technology experts that utilize software tools for both research and educational purposes.   We leverage our collective experience to investigate oceanic and coastal environments and organisms through research projects, and to provide technology centered training to a broad audience.  

How We Can Serve You

There are several ways in which you are able to access the expertise of our community of ocean science expert consultants:

  • Enlist our consulting services related to our expertise in the following analytical subject areas:
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • Analytical methods in R and Python languages
    • Bioacoustic monitoring and analytical software 
  • Take an online technical training course  
  • Enlist our services to develop and implement customized software training for your staff to meet your research objectives

Contact us today regarding your goals and objectives in ocean science research!

Consultants & Partners

Elizabeth Ferguson, OSA Founder & Director

Elizabeth Ferguson is a Marine Ecologist and Educator with 17 years of experience in the education and research communities of San Diego.  Through much of her career, she has specialized in marine mammal bioacoustic research, with expertise in passive acoustic monitoring and analytical software.  More recently, she has pursued studying natural and anthropogenic physical-biological impacts on marine megafauna population dynamics using analytical software such as ArcGIS, R and Python.  Liz is adept at combing her technical expertise with effective communication of complex topics through outreach and educational materials.  

Prior to founding Ocean Science Analytics, Liz worked at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries) as a passive and active acoustic technician. In this role she gained extensive field experience in the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern Tropical Pacific, and the Pacific Northwest regions. Liz later worked for Bio-Waves Inc., as their Chief Operating Officer (COO), with additional responsibilities in data analytics and project management.    

Liz is a graduate of the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Marine Science, and Point Loma Nazarene University with an M.S. in Biology. Liz also possesses a Specialist Certificate in GIS. 

Liz is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Departments at Miramar College, California State University San Marcos, and the University of San Diego. She also serves as the Executive Director of Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) of San Diego, a non-profit supporting young women in their pursuit of STEM careers.   

Jennifer Pettis Schallert, BioSci, LLC

OSA Partner

Jennifer Pettis Schallert is the owner of BioSci, LLC. BioSci. In that capacity, she consults in a variety of scientific services that include data sciences, field sciences and education. Jennifer first became interested in data sciences when analyzing her Masters thesis data on dolphin echolocation at Georgetown University. The power of analytical tools such as MATLAB, SAS and R enabled her to see patterns in large data sets that would be too time consuming and less reliable without being able to program custom data analysis tools. This interest developed into the core part of her career.

Over the past 12 years, Jennifer has worked in data sciences to program analyses and analytical tools in a variety of topics within both environmental sciences and clinical research. Her efforts have supported projects in local and federal government as well as private industry. Jennifer has expertise in working with clients and organizations to create custom analytical tools for their data needs.  



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