Blake started his scientific career in 2003 as an ecologist (University of Georgia, BS Ecology, 2006) and a biologist (University of Georgia, BS Biology, 2006). Blake realized ecologists and biologists needed to learn genetics, and so then Blake became a geneticist (University of Tennessee, Master's in Plant Science and minor in Statistics, 2008). Blake then learned that geneticists needed to learn bioinformatics, and so then Blake became a bioinformatician (University of Tennessee, oddly named PhD in Plants, Soils, and Insects, 2013). Then Blake realized bioinformaiticans needed to learn coding, data management, and how to leverage cyberinfrastructure (all topics involved in research computing).
Ten years later, he started working for CyVerse to deliver data science, cyberinfrastructure, and advanced data visualizations to ecologists, geneticists, and other life scientists. Two years after joining CyVerse, he moved to UITS to focus on delivering research computing, data analysis and statistics, and advanced data visualization to researchers at the University of Arizona.