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Executive Team

William (Bill) Michener
Principal Investigator

William (Bill) Michener, Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives for University Libraries, University of New Mexico is the DataONE Principal Investigaor. As such he is responsible for the overall leadership of DataONE—overseeing technical, management, reporting, and budget activities of DataONE.

Bill brings years of experience to position. He has authored four books related to ecological informatics and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters. He is a Certified Senior Ecologist and serves as Editor of Ecological Archives and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Ecological Informatics. He has directed several large interdisciplinary research programs and cyberinfrastructure projects including the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Biocomplexity Program, the Development Program for the NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research Network, and numerous cyberinfrastructure research and development projects.

Rebecca Koskela
Executive Director

Rebecca Koskela is the DataONE Executive Director. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of DataONE—coordinating all technical, management, reporting, and budget issues.

Prior to her position, Rebecca was the Life Sciences Informatics Manager for Alaska INBRE and the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Core Manager for the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to her bioinformatics experience, Rebecca has over 25 years experience in high performance computing including positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cray Research and Intel.

Dave Vieglais
Director for Development and Operations

Dave Vieglais oversees DataONE development and implementation of architecture, computer science research, and technological evolution through the activities of the Working Groups and the Cyberinfrastructure CIT, including the staff of full-time developers and post-docs.

Dave has extensive experience in developing technical infrastructure for integrating biodiversity information at the global level (i.e. DiGIR, Species Analyst). He also brings significant biodiversity modeling expertise and leadership experience in Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Natural Science Collections Alliance.

Amber Budden
Director for Community Engagement and Outreach

As Director for Community Engagement and Outreach, Amber works with the DataONE User's Group, post-docs, and working group members to engage the community and provide education and outreach activities focussed on data preservation, management, use and reuse.

Amber has a PhD in behavioral ecology and has conducted ecological and sociological research at the University of California Berkeley and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (UC Santa Barbara) in addition to teaching at York University and the University of Toronto in Canada. Amber also worked in outreach and publications within the non-profit sector prior to joining DataONE.