My research interests are broadly centered on the field of biodiversity informatics. I am interested in the use of technology to expand natural history collection practices and to improve scientific infrastructure and data management. My M.S. thesis has focused on the socio-technological system of databases in natural history collections, and the implications this has on the data shared by these institutions.
Current Research Projects
Assessment of Natural History Collections Database Practices
Darwin Core Manifestations in Natural History Database Schemas
South-Central Section Student Travel Grant - Geological Society of America (2014)
Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)
Ruppenthal Student Travel Award - American Society of Primatologists (2011)
Undergraduate Mentor, Students Raising Students, Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)
Assessing the database practices of natural history collections, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Gainesville, FL (2015)
Connecting specimens and their derivative data in the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab's Navajo Nation Collection, Jackson School of Geosciences Research Symposium, Austin, TX (2014)
Creating a workflow for linking field notebooks and audio to specimens in the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab's collections, Advocating for Women in Technology iSchool Showcase, Austin, TX (2014)
Challenges in database selection & design, iDigBio - Leveraging Digitization Across Multiple Domains, Santa Barbara, CA (2014)
Database schemas for natural history collections, iDigBio - Leveraging Digitization Across Multiple Domains, Santa Barbara, CA (2014)
An assessment of natural history collections database practices, Geological Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2014)
GEO 302D Age of Dinosaurs Study Guide
As part of a database management graduate course offered by the School of Information, my group transferred a flash card and quiz module from the old GEO 302D Age of Dinosaurs CD to a MySQL database presented on a website to maximize student accessibility and the future ease of updating course material.