About Me


Hello! I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow for DataONE, which is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project that preserves and provides access to ecological and environmental data, crossing international and interdisciplinary boundaries. At DataONE, I work on community education and outreach related to reuse of scientific research data. I am geographically based (and hold a postdoctoral appointment) at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I completed my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool (Spring 2015), in the Library and Information Science program. I also hold a masters degree from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), with a concentration in Archives and Records Management, and a bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University.

My research interests include:

  • archives and recordkeeping
  • community heritage informatics
  • community records practices
  • research data management
  • diffusion of theoretical approaches across time and space, particularly continuum thinking
  • war and military records, including veteran and family projects
  • preservation management for records on a range of media– paper, digital, audio, and more

Much of my work, particularly that pertains to the records continuum and continuum thinking, involves my colleagues and the Records Continuum Research Group (RCRG), based primarily at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. I am also actively working on a report with the Archival Education Research Institute (AERI) Grand Challenges Working Group that relates to societal grand challenges and recordkeeping.

My practitioner experience as an archivist includes working for a range of institutions, including: the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Archive at Texas Tech University, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University Art Museums Archive, and the National Archives and Records Administration branch (Waltham, MA).