Marie-Helene Burle

Marie-Helene Burle

Research Computing Training Assistant

Westgrid/Compute Canada

Prior to entering the realm of computing, Marie-Helene Burle spent 15 years roaming the globe from the Arctic to Sub-Antarctic islands or tropical atolls, conducting bird and mammal research. As a PhD candidate in behavioural and evolutionary biology at Simon Fraser University, she “fell” into Emacs, R, and Linux. This turned Marie into an advocate for open source tools and improved computing literacy for all, as well as better coding practices and more reproducible workflows in science. She started to contribute to the open source community, became a Software and Data Carpentry Instructor, and worked at the SFU Research Commons providing programming support to researchers. She now teaches research computing tools and machine learning at WestGrid. When not behind a computer, Marie loves reading history books and looking for powder in the British Columbia backcountry on skis.


  • Scientific computing
  • Machine Learning
  • Open source software advocacy and development


  • Ph.D

    Simon Fraser University

  • M.Sc

    Laval University

  • B.Sc.

    Montpellier University