Me elsewhere and in other formats:

Hello! I am an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information.

I conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of:

  • scientific data curation and data practices,
  • "science of science" -- "meta" examinations of how scientific research gets done, and
  • computer supported cooperative work in scholarly research settings.

I am especially interested in long-term data curation and infrastructure sustainability -- on the scale of decades rather than just years; the creation and application of data and metadata standards; the impact of information organization and structure on information use; and issues of data provenance, reproducibility, and integration.

Though I primarily use qualitative methods, I welcome mixed methods approaches and interdisciplinary collaborations. Because I prefer to take a participatory and collaborative approach with the scientific communities I study, I am as likely to publish in journals like ZooKeys as I am JASIST or CSCW. My goal is to conduct research that is impactful in these communities, as well as in the information sciences.

I have a number of on-going (and funded!) projects, and am recruiting PhD students for admission to UMSI in 2020! UMSI's PhD program is fully funded, and quite good.

My doctorate is from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign (2017). Prior to grad school, I dug up fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits. When not professoring, I try to get outside and explore, or stay inside to take up messy and overly complicated art or cooking projects.