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Bob is a software engineer in the Geoinformatics Research Group at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, working on programs including UNOLS/Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R), the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), and the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA). He serves as Technical Director of R2R, whose mission is to organize, preserve, and disseminate the underway/environmental sensor data from US oceanographic research vessels. He has deployed on 20 field expeditions over the past 20 years.

Bob's background is in Computer Science, specializing in Semantic Web technologies. He participates in numerous interagency and international activities including the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP), EarthCube Council of Data Facilities, and SCAR Committee on Antarctic Data Management.
Lee is a geoscience graduate and IT postgraduate who has evolved from exploration geology, teaching and research, analytical ecology to infrastructure management and policy development.  He provides project management for, and advice to international and national biodiversity-related projects. He is a surfer with an occasional work problem.

Dr Andrew Bissett is a microbial ecologist interested in all facets of microbial interaction with the environment and how microbial diversity maintains ecosystem health and function. His research has included investigation of microbial diversity/function relationships, microbial biogeography and microbial symbioses in soils, marine and freshwater systems using molecular and biogeochemical tools.

Andrew is a senior research scientist at CSIRO, based in Hobart, where he is involved in the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments (BASE: and the Australian Marine Microbial diversity ( projects. Andrew completed his PhD at UTAS and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany, before returning to CSIRO in Canberra, and eventually returning to Hobart.

Dave Blodgett is a project coordinator with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Office of Water Information. Dave has been with the USGS for 7 years working on environmental informatics projects related to hydrology, climate, and geospatial frameworks. His recent work has focused on building a hydrologic network linked data index for the US. Dave is also leading an Open Geospatial Consortium Standards Working Group to develop a common information model for hydrologic features.
Paul leads a CSIRO research team developing interoperable systems of systems or ‘Information Infrastructure’. Paul has worked for more than 25 years in geospatial information technology field. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2009 worked for 15 years throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa for United Nations, government, and not for profit organizations designing, implementing and managing geospatial capability across a wide diversity of application areas in sustainable development and humanitarian response. For the past 10 years, Paul has been actively involved in research, design and implementation of large scale cross-enterprise Information Infrastructure. This work has focused primarily on the design and delivery of integrated suites of geospatial information products and improving the efficiency of information supply chains. More recently, Paul has focused attention on addressing the social rather than technical challenges of building Information Infrastructure. Coherent integrated approaches to addressing the social, institutional and economic challenges of infrastructure development are being elaborated through ‘social architecture’. This approach supplements traditional technical architecture led approaches and are being used to support the design and implementation of information infrastructure in multiple domains.
Cynthia "Cyndy" Chandler is an Information Systems Specialist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  During her career she has participated in 18 research cruises, initially as a benthic taxonomist and then as a CTD technician.  Her current research interests are in the field of Ocean Informatics, research that lies at the intersection of computer and information science and oceanography.  As a member of several research teams, she uses information systems to facilitate oceanographic research with specific focus on: data management, curation and publication; database design; data system architecture; development of marine ontologies; marine metadata standards; and the use of Semantic Web technologies to facilitate the process by which ocean science data and information become knowledge. She is a co-PI for the US NSF funded Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO DMO,; Lead PI at WHOI for the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) project (, Lead PI at WHOI for the NSF EarthCube funded GeoLink project (; one of the US partners in the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) project (; and co-chair of the Marine Data Harmonization Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance ( She is currently serving a second two-year term as co-chair of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE, of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Simon Cox is a CSIRO research scientist, who has been working on standards related to environmental information since the dawn of the web era, through the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, Open Geospatial Consortium, ISO/TC 211, INSPIRE, Research Data Alliance, Australian Government Linked Data Working Group and W3C. He was awarded the 2006 OGC Gardels Medal and presented the 2013 AGU Leptoukh Lecture.

Doug Fils joined the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in the position of Data Management Technical Expert in December 2009.   Doug is currently the lead PI on the NSF award (1550917) for Open Core Data.  Open Core Data is coordinating work to expose scientific drilling data from the JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordinating Office (CSDCO).  This coring data is being exposed following semantic and linked open data patterns.   Doug is the representative for Ocean Leadership to the Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP) and a member of the ESIP Semantic Cluster.  Doug is active with the US National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthCube Technology and Architecture Committee (TAC) and EarthCube Council of Data Facilities (CDF) and a member of various Research Data Alliance and W3C groups. 

Previous work involved coordinating with other USIO IODP data management staff with the goal of implementing a common architecture for the distribution of IODP data resources.  Prior to coming to Ocean Leadership, Doug worked with the NSF originated CHRONOS effort establishing services oriented procedures for the distribution of Earth history databases, tools, and services.  Doug’s other activities have included working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and the the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).  In collaboration with ICTP, and with support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Doug worked in over 12 developing countries.  During these travels, he worked with others to establish local computer resources, communications and training procedures for universities and research organizations. Doug is a lifelong Iowan, having grown up on a small farm in southern Iowa.  He enjoys returning to help with harvest and some occasional fishing and hunting.

Peter Fox is Tetherless World Constellation Chair, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and Director of the Information Technology and Web Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Fox has a B.Sc. (hons) and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (physics and computer science) from Monash University. His research and education agenda covers the fields of data science and analytics, ocean and environmental informatics, materials informatics, computational logic, semantic Web, cognitive bias, semantic data frameworks, and solar and solar-terrestrial physics. This research is applied to large-scale distributed, and data science collaborations. Fox is past-President of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and now a member of their board of directors, past chair of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics Union Commission on Data and Information, and serves on the editorial boards of many prominent Earth and space science informatics and Data journals. In 2012, Fox was awarded the European Geoscience Union, Ian McHarg/ Earth and Space Science Informatics Medal, and ESIP's Martha Maiden Lifetime Achievement award for service to the Earth Sciences Information communities. Fox was elected as the first Earth and Space Science Informatics Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2015 (


Donald Hobern studied Classics and went on to work for sixteen years for IBM as a software developer and web architect. In 2002, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to develop the data strategy and initial implementation of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF,, a global partnership between governments and international organisations to share data on the world's biodiversity. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the inaugural Director of the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA,, overseeing the development of the national database and web portal for Australian biodiversity data. In 2012, he returned to GBIF as its Executive Secretary and seeks to reinforce GBIF's role as a global network for the mobilisation and use of free and open data for studying biodiversity patterns. 

Wim Hugo is the Chief Data and Information Officer for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and part of its executive management. He is responsible for provision of Earth and Environmental research data and decision support infrastructure in South Africa, working with a large number of stakeholders. In addition to provision of E&EO Research Infrastructure, Wim heads two projects in support of decision and policy formulation - the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas, and the BioEnergy Atlas. The SAEON Open Data Platform currently hosts the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure, and is considered as a component of national research data infrastructure.

He is currently vice-chair of the ICSU World Data System (WDS) Scientific Committee and serves on the joint ICSU-WDS/ DSA Certification Board. Wim represents both South African and ICSU-WDS interests in DataCite. He co-chairs the RDA working group for development of a brokering framework, and is active in RDA activities dealing with data management plans, fitness for use, and several others. He is a member of the CoDATA task group for the preservation of scientific data in developing countries. He was, until recently, the co-chair of the GEO BON Workgroup 8, (interoperable systems for biodiversity observation and monitoring), and is part of the team developing the GEO Data Management Principles and Implementation Guidelines. He contributes to data management guidance for the ILTER network, and assists the South African National Research Foundation in the e-Infrastructure tasks of the Belmont Forum.

Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the NSF-funded data facility IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance). Kerstin holds a PhD in Petrology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Her work focuses on the development of community-driven data infrastructures to improve access and sharing of Earth and space science data and physical samples. Kerstin is currently Chair of the EarthCube Leadership Council, a Director of the American Geophysical Union, and President of the IGSN e.V..

Dr Tim Rawling is the CEO of AuScope. Prior to this role he was Director Infrastructure Development of AuScope’s Australian Geophysical Observing System (AGOS). His recent research has involved the development of regional/crustal-scale 3D and 4D geological models as well as new exploration methodologies involving 3D modeling and finite element simulation. Tim’s background is in structural geology and IT and he has previously worked as a consultant exploration geologist, as the manager of the 3D modelling and simulation programs at GeoScience Victoria (DPI), as the MCA funded lecturer at the University of Melbourne, a commercial programmer and as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Arizona.

Alistair Ritchie is a senior data engineer at Landcare Research, a New Zealand government owned environmental science research institute. He is responsible for information systems that mange and publish environmental data with an emphasis on soil observation data. This work encompasses the operational systems at Landcare Research and national and international initiatives to build an integrated commons of environmental observation data. Prior to this he occupied a similar role at the Geological Survey of Victoria in Australia. There he was actively involved in the development of the Geoscience and Earth Resource Mark-up Languages and their implementation as part of the OneGeology and AuScope initiatives. If he tries very hard, he can dimly recall starting professional life as an exploration geologist in Western Australia.

Jess Robertson

Dr Jess Robertson is a Research Scientist in CSIRO Mineral Resources, based in Perth, Australia. After studying geology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, he obtained a PhD in Earth Physics at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University with a thesis on the fluid dynamics of magma and lava, and followed this up with an OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship investigating the formation of magmatic sulphide deposits, the most important source of nickel, copper and platinum group element resources. His current research interests lie in the intersection of geoscience, web services and data analytics and involve building large-scale machine learning pipelines for on-line resource
Erin Robinson is the Executive Director of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). She leverages her knowledge of environmental informatics, in particular collaborative web technologies to support the diverse communities of practice that make up ESIP. Her current research interest include improving collaboration among distributed partners by enhancing connections at various levels in the interoperability stack, coordinating events to enhance human-to-human relationships, developing collaborative sites that integrate social media to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing Earth observations through standard data access.
Pablo Rozas Larraondo is a high performance data analyst at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), working on making geospatial data collections more accessible to its users. He has been working at the NCI since 2015 having previously worked 3 years at CSIRO. Before moving to Australia Pablo worked for 6 years at the Spanish Weather Agency where he was involved with publishing national weather information to comply with the Spanish government Open Data initiatives. Pablo has a Master's degree on distributed computing and it's about to complete a PhD on machine learning applied to weather

Adam Shepherd is a software architect for the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) located at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He serves as co-chair of the Drupal Working Group for the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners as well as the co-chair of the Vocabulary Service Interest Group Drupal for the Research Data Alliance. He has been an invited speaker at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, presented at Drupalcon North America, and co-authored chapters on Linked Data in the marine sciences for IGI Global. Adam holds a BS in Computer Science and a Minor in Business Administration from Northeastern University where he was awarded the 2001 Co-op of the Year for his work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. With seventeen years of experience building web applications, he concentrates on using science-driven use cases for improving ocean science research capabilities. Currently, his work focuses on linked data applications for improved data discovery.
Dr Andrew Treloar is the Director of Technology for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) ( In 2008 he led the project to establish ANDS. He is currently co-chair of the Research Data Alliance ( Technical Advisory Board. His research interests include data management and scholarly communication. His twitter bio describes him as "Data-tragic, urban-greenie, home-gardener, cycling-commuter, BodyPump-addict, lapsed-linguist", which probably isn't a bad summary.  Further details at or follow him on Twitter as

Dr Jonathan Yu is a research computer scientist specialising in information architectures, data integration, Linked Data, Semantic Web, data analytics and visualisation. He is part of the Environmental Informatics group in CSIRO Land and Water. He currently leads and supports the development of new approaches, architectures, methods and tools for transforming and connecting information flows across the environmental domain and the broader digital economy within Australia and internationally.

His particular research interests include understanding information supply chains in various environmental domains to developing new methods and tools for streamlining and enhancing interoperability between them. He co-developed, maintains and implements tools for enabling data integration in particular using Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data approaches, online vocabularies and vocabulary services including SISSVoc and the CSIRO Linked Data Registry. He currently co-leads an activity with international collaborators on developing a Linked Data enabled format for binary data in netCDF, called netCDF-LD.

Jonathan also currently leads the OzNome for Land and Water project at CSIRO which is seeking to understand the current social, technical and informational state of the digital ecosystem in environmental sciences towards pathways for transforming it and carry out concrete implementations. These implementations aim to explore transformations in small and controlled environments as experiments, in order to identify key learnings, patterns and tools for application in the broader digital ecosystem. The project team aims to collaborate and work with champions for the OzNome L&W project to translate domain science outputs into OzNome implementations.

John, an Information Architect, has been working in biodiversity-related informatics since 1997 when he was hired at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is active in every aspect of the development, maintenance, promotion and application of the Darwin Core standard. Current projects include VertNet, DIPNet, ZooarchNet, Kurator, Notes For Nature, and Dimensions of Amazonian Biodiversity while mentoring for the JRS Foundation and the Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) Programme.

Lesley Wyborn is an Adjunct Fellow at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Facility and the Research School of Earth Sciences of the Australian National University (ANU). She has over 40 years experience in the transparent management of geoscientific data in Geoscience Australia. Her current interests are on enabling in situ analytics and in generating High Performance Data sets. Her current project involves integrating 10 PB of disparate Australian data collections to create a National Environmental Research Data Interoperability Platform. She has been/is involved in international informatics projects such as OneGeology, GeoSciML, IGSN, Oceans Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP), the Belmont Forum, AuScope and the CODATA Task Group on Harmonising Scientific Standards.  She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science ‘Data for Science Committee’ and is on the AGU Executive Committee for the Earth and Space Sciences Informatics Focus Group. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal for her long-term contributions to the management of Australian Public Sector Geoscience Research Data and in 2015 the AGU Geoinformatics Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Andre Zerger is Manager, Environmental Information Services within the Environment and Research Division, Bureau of Meteorology. Andre directs the National Environmental Information Infrastructure ( programme that aims to improve discovery, access and re-use of nationally significant environmental information. The NEII involves establishing strategic partnerships with national stakeholders including major players in the national environmental information space including commonwealth agencies, NCRIS facilities, NESP hubs and the research sector.  The current focus of the programme is to deliver an environmental vocabulary service. Prior to joining the Bureau of Meteorology Andre was with CSIRO and the University of Melbourne working on data-focused ecosystem science challenges.

Dr. Ingo Simonis is Director of Innovation Programs and Science at the Open Geospatial Consortium. In this role, he is responsible to monitor and evaluate scientific progress in the wider IT domain with focus on emerging topics such as Big Data, strong semantics and linked data, data mining, deep learning, software architectures, and information modelling. He serves as lead architect on OGC’s key innovation program initiatives and coordinates the technological exploration activities therein. His own research focuses on interoperability profiles for multi-dimensional data and services in the context of Big Data and the relocation of data intensive processes into cloud infrastructures. Goal is the semi-automated derivation of new knowledge based on community-provided data and processing capacities, or in other words, strong decisions based on a well-defined body of knowledge.

Dr Jeremy Groves leads the native vegetation and threatened ecological community team in the ERIN Branch (Environmental Resources and Information Network), the Department of the Environment and Energy. Previously, he has undertaken research investigating riparian restoration practices, fluvial seed dispersal and sediment loads in relation to land-use.

Markus Stocker holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences (Informatics) from the University of Eastern Finland, a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Eastern Finland, and a Diploma (MSc) in Informatics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is interested in environmental knowledge infrastructures, in particular research infrastructures and applying data-driven and ontology-based techniques in such infrastructures. Currently, he is with PANGAEA, the Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, as postdoctoral research associate. Markus has several years of professional experience in software development and semantic technologies, with positions at Hewlett Packard Labs, Bristol, UK and Complexible (formerly Clark & Parsia), Washington DC, USA.


Siddeswara Guru is a Data Science Director for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). He initiates, coordinates and manages ecological data, e-infrastructure and synthesis projects apart from overseeing the data and information management activities across TERN. Siddeswara Guru has a strong research and management background with a PhD from the University of Melbourne and MBA from the University of Tasmania. Previously, he was a Data Scientist and Project Officer at Integrated Marine Observing System, Data Management Officer at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric research and Post-doctoral Fellow at the CSIRO Tasmanian ICT Centre working on the environmental sensor data management.

Rob Guralnick is the Curator of Biodiversity Informatics at the University of Florida and an Assoc. Professor in the Department of Natural History and in the Biology Department at the University of Florida.  He works on technical and scientific aspects of biogeography and global change.

Peter is a senior software engineer with a long history working on environmental data systems. He is the lead author of WaterML2.0 part 1 (time-series) and part 2 (ratings and gaugings), which are now both adopted international standards for data exchange. He chaired the WaterML2.0 Standards Working Group, a collaboration involving many large environmental organisations, including the US Geological Survey, the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
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