I am an ecological information scientist studying how to work with environmental researchers to maximize the accessibility and usefulness of their data. My driving goal is to make small-scale ecological data accessible and useful to large-scale change initiatives, and for this purpose, my graduate studies in information science add broadly applicable technical skills and theory knowledge to my undergraduate background in environmental studies.
In my current position as Collections Manager at U.C. Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station, I have revived and improved the on-site biological collections, leading to a direct increase in research requests, volunteer hours, and institutional presence at a regional and national scale. I am also currently collaborating with colleagues in the North American Network of Small Herbaria to research improving the process and impacts of biological collections digitization efforts.
Over the course of my career, I hope to have an impact on the environment by being the indispensable wingman of researchers big and small. I want my skills to have a direct impact on the quality of, ability to continue, and end distribution of relevant ecological data, as well as for my work to serve as a link between academic, public, private, and nonprofit spheres. Finally, I see my job as not only to manage the data when it comes in, and to share it academically, but also to advocate for citizens to be informed, to participate, and to care.
American Alliance Museums, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Botanical Society of America, California Native Plant Society, iDigBio Small Collections Working Group, North American Network of Small Herbaria, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.
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