Hi, I’m Samantha Tyner. Most people call me Sam. I’m an applied statistician and data scientist, with a wide range of skills and experiences. I became a statistician because I want to use data to make a difference.

Currently, I am a Data Scientist at Tritura, and a co-organizer of R-Ladies DC. Previously, I was the inaugural 2019-20 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Office of Survey Methods Research. Before moving to the D.C. area in 2019, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence at Iowa State University. I earned my Ph.D. in Statistics from Iowa State in 2017 where I worked with Heike Hofmann.

I am passionate about:

  • Data visualization
  • Communicating science & statistics to a general audience. Check out my blog posts and my twitter account for examples!
  • Using R and other open source software. See my projects on GitHub
  • Using data science for social good
  • Building up inclusive R user & data science communities.
    • Co-organizer of R-Ladies DC, and the co-founder of R-Ladies Ames
    • I am the co-creator of the Uncoast Unconference, a community-building hackathon-style event for R users in middle America. Unfortunately, the 2020 Uncoast Unconf was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to hold the event in 2021 when travel is safe again.


  • Data visualization
  • Data science for social good
  • Reproducibile research & open science
  • Computing with R
  • Forensic Science
  • Science for Policy


  • PhD in Statistics, 2017

    Iowa State University

  • MS in Statistics, 2015

    Iowa State University

  • BA in Mathematics, Economics, & French, 2012

    Augustana College