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Research & professional experience

July 2017 - Current: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Director of Academic Alliances and Data Strategy. Develop partnerships with academic and non-profit research organizations in support of Hutch Data Commonwealth initiatives.

December 2017 - June 2018: Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko)

Director of Strategic Development. Established and manageed the development of the Coko community program across all publishing products and services. Worked with marketing team, developers, and product managers to effectively communicate Coko’s mission of creating open source infrastructure for research communication. Coordinated meetings, wrote grant proposals, and produced external-facing information about Coko’s book and journal publishing platforms.

2015 - 2017: Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Program Officer, Data-Driven Discovery Initiative. Contributed to strategy development, implementation, and management of the Initiative. Managed grants in the Initiative’s portfolio; planned and oversaw grantee meetings, collaborations and partnerships; and tracked trends, synthesizing knowledge relevant to the initiative. Separate from the Initiative, sourced and developed grants related to improving how science is conducted, including projects focused on data management, scholarly communication, and synthesis studies. Led the Foundation in establishing an Open Access policy for all grantees.

2011 - 2015: University of California’s California Digital Library

Research Data Specialist. Operated as a researcher liaison by providing guidance and consultation about data stewardship to UC researchers; lead workshops and give seminars on the value of data management for scientists; promote open science and open data within the UC and beyond. Dash data curation platform product manager; DMPTool project team member. Supervisor, CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in data curation. Communications and outreach coordinator: maintained blog and social media accounts. Briefly seconded by DataCite to serve as Manager of Strategic Partnerships.

2010 - 2011: DataONE

Postdoctoral Associate based at National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis. Engaged the scientific and data management community in the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE), which is cyber-infrastructure that will provide universal access to environmental and ecological data. Included conducting research related to data education, workshop organization, and participation in working groups to engage the community.

2009 - 2010: University of Alberta & Dalhousie University

Postdoctoral Investigator. Used theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the role of life stage in establishment of invasive copepods introduced via ballast water.

2008: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Postdoctoral Investigator. Developed demographic models of the endangered North Atlantic right whale population based on mark-recapture data.


PhD in Biological Oceanography, 2008

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. Dissertation: Metapopulation dynamics of the softshell clam, Mya arenaria (pdf). Primary Advisor: Lauren Mullineaux

BA in Marine Science with Biology Emphasis, 2001

University of San Diego. Thesis: Population Structure of the Antarctic Krill, Euphausia superba. Advisor: Ron Kaufmann.

Professional activities & service

  • NSF Review Panelist, Office of Cyber-Infrastructure (2011); NSF Research Traineeship Program (2014)
  • Reviewer, Moore Foundation Inventor Fellowship Program, International Journal of Geo-Information, PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Program, International Journal on Digital Libraries, Journal of eScience Librarianship, Ecology Letters, Conservation Biology, Nature Biotech, Conservation Genetics, Journal of Sea Research, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Journal of Marine Biology, Marine Biology Research, Aquatic Biology, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, NSF Proposals, IMLS Proposals
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (2011 - present); American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (2003 - present); Ecological Society of America (2007 - present); Society for Mathematical Biology (2007 - 2010); Student Representative Committee to the Joint Program in Biological Oceanography, WHOI (2007); Biology Department Graduate Student Representative (2004)

Teaching experience

  • Marine Science at University of Alberta, 2009-2010
  • Dynamics of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, 2010
  • Models in Ecology at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, 2009
  • Biological Oceanography at WHOI, 2004-2005
  • General Biology at Maric College, 2001-2002
  • Invertebrate Zoology at University of San Diego, 2000

Honors & awards

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2002-2005), National Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship recipient (1999-2001), University of San Diego (USD) Dean’s List (1997-2001), Outstanding Scholarship for Marine Science Department, USD (2001), Outstanding Research for Marine Science Department, USD (2001), USD Associated Students Research Grant (1999), USD Trustee Scholarship Recipient (1997-2001)

Research outputs

A full list of research outputs is available here.