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Andrea Wiggins is currently completing her doctoral thesis at Syracuse University and will begin postdoctoral work with DataONE and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Spring 2012. Andrea is an interdisciplinary researcher who studies the design and evolution of sociotechnical systems for large-scale collaboration, bringing together her broader research interests data-intensive science, distributed collaboration, and social computing. Andrea's current research focuses on the role of technologies in supporting public participation in scientific research. She is interested in how ordinary people become involved in meaningful real-world research through citizen science projects and how technologies can help. Andrea serves on working groups and advisory boards for citizen science across a variety of scientific domains and is a co-chair for DataONE's Public Participation in Scientific Research Working Group.
Andrea has earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Alma College, an MSI in Information from the University of Michigan, and will shortly receive a PhD in Information Science & Technology from Syracuse University. Her prior work includes studies of open source software development practices, collaboration through scientific workflow management systems, and intellectual exchange networks based on faculty hiring in information schools. She also has professional experience in nonprofit management and web analytics.