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DRD Partners and People

Digital Resource Discovery (DRD) Project

DRD Partners

Ecological Society of America
Botanical Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society for Economic Botany
Science Pipes, Cornell University

LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library Portals

LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library
EcoEd Digital Library
PlantEd Digital Library
EvoEd Digital Library
EconBotEd Digital Library


Data for the Ecology Classroom Advisory (DECA) Panel

Ken Klemow (chair), Wilkes University
Barbara J. Abraham, Hampton University
Colleen McLinn, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Bibit Traut, City College of San Francisco
Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh
Beverly Brown, Nazareth College
Denny Fernandez del Viso, University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Courtney Sperger (undergrad), Wilkes University
Shana Ederer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Langen, Clarkson University
Paul Weihe, Central College
Sunshine Brosi, Frostburg State University


DRD Advisory Board Biographies

Principal Investigator (PI) Teresa Mourad is the Director of the Education and Diversity Programs Department for the Ecological Society of America. Teresa has been in the field of environmental education for nearly 20 years. She directs ESA's award-winning SEEDS program which mentors minority undergraduate students along the ecology career pathway and is Principal Investigator on several projects to advance ecology education including the EcoEd Digital Library. She is also Project Director of a broad-based national coalition to promote Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World. She holds a BA in Sociology and an MS in Environmental Education.

Co-PI Paul Allen is Assistant Director and Chief System Architect for the Cornell Lab Information Science Program. He has broad expertise in online scientific data collection, management, and visualization. Allen led the software engineering team that produced Science Pipes and has led the development of many Cornell Lab Citizen Science projects, which service tens of thousands of users. Other Cornell Lab Information Science projects in which Allen is involved, and which may be known to you are: eBird, Birds of North America Online, Neotropical Birds, Avian Knowledge Network.

Co-PI William Dahl is Executive Director of the Botanical Society of America, and acting business manager for the SSE and SEB.  Bill led the BSA as an early partner in BEN. He initiated the PlantingScience program, of which ESA is a partner organization, which has grown over the last five years bringing scientists, teachers and students together in collaborative efforts exploring the wonders of scientific research. Dahl will provide oversight to the project activities related to BSA, SSE and SEB 2) participate in Advisory Panel meetings; coordinate the formation of Scout Team Leaders within BSA to find existing materials and recruit resource authors to contribute to our new library; co-develop user feedback surveys; 4) coordinate and facilitate user feedback to the BSA as appropriate and, contribute to the sustainability planning and capacity expansion planning efforts of all partners. Bill has a MBA from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand.

Laura M. Bartolo is Professor and Director of the Center for Materials Informatics at Kent State University and Principal Investigator of the Materials Digital Library project. As part of the NSDL, MatDL Pathway provides content and services for materials science students, faculty, and researchers. A consortium initially involving NIST, Kent State University, MIT, University of Michigan, Purdue University, and Iowa State University, MatDL is expanding its efforts with professional societies, government research labs, and industrial partners.  Laura serves on Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) Education and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) committees, is Co-Chair of the ICME sub-committee on Education, a member of the ASM Materials Database Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the CODATA Task Group on International Materials Data Exchange for Research & Education.  Laura's research focuses on development and implementation of materials science related markup languages, metadata, and data formats in support of materials research and learning.

Beverly Brown has a Ph.D. in Ecology from Kent State University. She currently teaches in the Biology Department of Nazareth College of Rochester, a small liberal arts college in Rochester, New York. Her areas of research include pollination biology, invasive species, and excellence in science education. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Education Committee for the Botanical Society of American and was instrumental in creating the Botanical Society's Planting Science program, and continues to serve on the Advisory Board.  This unique on-line program links student teams with scientists who help students engage in botanical inquiries. Dr. Brown also works with K-6 teachers in the Rochester area to implement inquiry-based, interdisciplinary teaching for science, mathematics, technology and literacy. Her current projects include developing an on-line program in horticultural therapy for Nazareth College.

Amy L. Chang has served the American Society for Microbiology Education Board since the 1980s. Under her leadership, the Board sponsors for educators and faculty the (i) annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators (; (ii) professional development "institutes" and "residencies" in bioinformatics and genomic sciences, technology-enhanced biology education, science education research, and the scholarship of teaching and learning ( and, (iii) peer-reviewed research journal called Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education and feature magazine Focus on Microbiology Education; (iv) website of curriculum guidelines and resources, visual resources, and reviews at

Eve Emshwiller has been an Assistant Professor of Botany at University of Wisconsin, Madison since August 2006. Previously she was Adjunct Curator of Economic Botany at the Field Museum in Chicago for 7.5 years. Her research interests center on the ethnobotany, evolution, and conservation of crop plants and their wild relatives. Her research has focused on the origin of polyploidy, domestication, and ongoing evolution of the Andean tuber crop "oca," Oxalis tuberosa.  Her current research includes an international collaborative project on phylogeny of the genus Oxalis and a study of cultivated oca as an example of the evolution of clonally-propagated crops under human influence. Most of her field work to date has been conducted in the central Andean region, including a student Fulbright year in Peru in 1996-1997  She has been active in the Society for Economic Botany, serving as its 2009-2010 President.

David Kirschtel is current chair of the EcoEdDL Advisory Board, on which he has served for two years. He is currently Ecology Instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He was Senior Program Manager at CUAHSI and has been a leader in earth science and ecological literacy and educational technology initiatives since 1999. He has served on the Organizing Committee for NSF's Earth Science Literacy Initiative, chaired the University of Washington's Faculty Council for Educational Technology, and worked on the First Year Online - Biology Project at Michigan State University. David will contribute to the sustainability planning and capacity expansion planning efforts of EcoEdDL and the partners. David holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Vermont.

Ken Klemow is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he also directs their Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.  A plant ecologist with interests in restoration ecology, conservation biology, and wetland mapping, Ken was a member of the EcoEd Advisory Committee at its founding in 2001and chaired that committee between 2003 and 2008. He currently serves as EcoEdDL Visual Resources Editor.  Ken also serves on the Bioscience Education Network (BEN) Steering Committee and has been a BEN Scholar Mentor since 2006.  Ken will beta-test the peer review module to CWIS; provided support to scientists interested in submitting their resources to EcoEdDL; lead the Data in the Classroom Advisory (DECA) panel and facilitate panel discussions;  and be available as a mentor and resource to the emerging partner libraries on the peer review process. Ken received his Ph.D. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He received ESA's Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education in August 2010.

Gerd Kortemeyer is an Associate Professor of Physics Education Research at Michigan State University. He received his Diplom (M.Sc.) in physics from the Universitaet Hannover, Germany, and his Ph.D. in physics from Michigan State University. His research focuses on the use of technology for teaching and learning physics at the undergraduate level, as well as the influence of student epistemology on learning. He is also the Director of the LON-CAPA Project,, which was established in 1999 and links over 140 high schools, colleges, and universities. LON-CAPA maintains a shared educational content pool with over 400,000 online educational resources, including over 180,000 online homework problems, in mostly science and math. Through a spin-off company, LON-CAPA maintains online libraries of commercial textbook publishers,

Thomas R. Meagher is a plant evolutionary biologist.  Research interests include paternity analysis, population structure, quantitative trait evolution, sexual dimorphism, phenotypic impacts of non-coding DNA, and conservation biology.  Professor Meagher's current research addresses various aspects of population structure and their impact on sustainability of plant populations.  This recent work includes collaborative initiatives with colleagues at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, that address regional and global biodiversity. Professor Meagher also has a strong interest in science policy and public understanding of science. 



Kate Wittenberg is Project Director, Client and Partnership Development at Ithaka S+R. She focuses on building partnerships and expertise among scholars, publishers, libraries, technology providers, and societies with an interest in promoting the development of digital scholarship and education and building and sustaining innovative initiatives. Before coming to ITHAKA, Kate was the Director of EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) an initiative in digital publishing, and a model partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT departments. As Director of EPIC, Kate was responsible for the content development and business planning for digital resources in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, including: CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) Gutenberg-E Online History Monographs and The Amistad Resource for Teaching African-American History and Jazz Studies Online.

Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA DUNS #083426965) will serve as the external independent evaluator for Phases I. FERA is a woman-owned consulting firm and has worked with nonprofits for over 35 years to evaluate their programs, organizations and partnerships. FERA has worked at the local, state, national and international levels and has experience evaluating strategic partnerships, NSF STEM, IGERT and NSDL grants, and educational initiatives in both institutional and informal settings. Karin E. Tice, Ph.D. (FERA President with 27+ years of evaluation experience) will direct the evaluation with the support of FERA team members.

Matthew Jones is the Director of Informatics Research and Development at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara. His research has focused on the management, integration, analysis, and modeling of heterogeneous data. Recent projects have produced effective new techniques for information management and analysis, including metadata standards, data management software, and data analysis software such as scientific workflow systems. Jones co-founded the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB), a long-term data archive of environmental data sets. He contributed to the creation and ratification of the Ecological Metadata Language and the Biological Data Profile metadata standards. Recent projects focus on Kepler, an open-source scientific workflow system that Jones co-founded with other researchers; DataONE, a global data repository aimed to promote access to data about life on earth and the environment; and SONet, an effort to achieve environmental data interoperability through semantic modeling of scientific observations. Jones has a B.A. degree in ecology from Dartmouth College, and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida.

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