Erica is a biodiversity information scientist studying how to work with biological researchers to maximize the accessibility and usefulness of their data. Her driving goal is to make small-scale biological and ecological data accessible and useful to large-scale change initiatives. Erica’s graduate studies in information science add broadly applicable technical skills and theory knowledge to her undergraduate background in environmental studies, and her professional experience working with biological collections. In her current position, Erica is helping expand the impact of their diverse natural history collections by improving the accessibility of digital specimen data. She is 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 her career, Erica hopes to have an impact on the environment by being the indispensable wingman of researchers big and small. She wants her skills to have a direct impact on the quality of, ability to continue, and end distribution of relevant ecological data, as well as for her work to serve as a link between academic, public, private, and nonprofit spheres. Finally, she sees her 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.
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