Who are the GBIF Biodiversity Open Data Ambassadors?

A corps of professionals advocating best practices in open sharing and transparent use of biodiversity data

"Ambassador" is only one of the many roles that David Bloom of VertNet plays within the GBIF network. Shown here sharing (?) a cookie with Siteri Tikoca of NatureFiji-MareqetiViti at the 2018 BID Data Use for Decision Making workshop in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo 2018 Mélianie Raymond/GBIF, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Biodiversity Open Data Ambassadors

Name Affiliation Country Areas of expertise ORCID
Wouter Addink Naturalis Biodiversity Center Netherlands Data infrastructure, FAIR data principles, interoperability, open source software development, botany, ornamentals 0000-0002-3090-1761
Anne-Sophie Archambeau IRD/UMS PatriNat/GBIF France France Biodiversity data mobilisation, data sharing, FAIR data principles 0000-0001-6902-1465
Arturo H. Ariño University of Navarra Spain Biodiversity, taxonomical databases, soil ecology, global ecology, biogeography, bioinformatics, environmental science, air pollution, distributions, methodology, Mediterranean ecosystems 0000-0003-4620-6445
Fadeke Ayoola Net Africa Belgium Biodiversity Finance, Citizen Science, Biodiversity Accounting, Biodiversity Auditing, Environmental Management, Green Bond, Climate Finance, Carbon Markets 0000-0002-4144-1051
Olaf Banki Naturalis Biodiversity Centre Netherlands Tropics, trees, sample-based & species occurrence data, stakeholder engagement, building consortia, biodiversity data research infrastructures 0000-0001-6197-9951
Mary Barkworth Intermountain Herbarium United States Poaceae, identification resources, plant taxonomy, outreach, education 0000-0001-9785-1538
Vijay Barve Florida Museum of Natural History United States Biodiversity Informatics, Citizen Science, Data Visualization, India, Africa, Global South, Biodiversity Data Gaps 0000-0002-4852-2567
David Bloom VertNet United States Biodiversity science, data mobilization, data quality, tool development, training, georeferencing, research, standards, vocabularies 0000-0003-1273-1807
Dimitri Brosens INBO / Belgian Biodiversity Platform Belgium Biodiversity informatics, Darwin Core, data management, databases, IPT, metadata 0000-0002-0846-9116
José Laurindo Campos dos Santos The National Institute for Amazonian Research - INPA Brazil Database System, Data Policy, Scientific Data, Biodiversity Data, Semantic Web, Ontology Design, Knowledge Management, Data Integration, Data Quality, Scientific Data Modelling
David Chiawo Strathmore University Kenya Ecology, ecological modelling, niche patterns, terrestrial ecology, biodiversity conservation and human livelihoods, avian ecology, land use change and biodiversity, climate change and biodiversity 0000-0001-7118-6285
Ana Cruz Botello GBIF Spain Spain Birds, impact assessment, citizen science, education
Eduardo Dalcin Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro Brazil Biodiversity Information Management and Delivery 0000-0002-4661-0272
Gergana Daskalova University of Edinburgh United Kingdom Biodiveristy, biodiversity change, population change, land-use change, climate change, global change ecology, data synthesis, attribution 0000-0002-5674-5322
Andrew Davies University of Rhode Island United States Reef-forming species, deep sea, coastal, marine 0000-0002-2087-0885
Joshua Dazi Nigerian Conservation Foundation Nigeria Ornithology
Eduardo de la Cruz Gobierno de Navarra Spain Fungi, insects, mammals
Jurate De Prins Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Belgium Lepidoptera, Taxonomy, Databases, Tropical, New Discovery, Collections, Afrotropical, Neotropical, Global 0000-0001-7637-5755
Torsten Dikow Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History United States Diptera, Asilidae, taxonomy, cybertaxonomy, sharing research data, open access to biodiversity data 0000-0003-4816-2909
Dag Endresen University of Oslo Norway biodiversity informatics, agrobiodiversity, machine learning, food security, persistent identifiers, research infrastructure 0000-0002-2352-5497
Nina Filippova Yugra State University Russian Federation Fungi, macromycetes, mycology, taiga, peatland, Siberia 0000-0002-9506-0991
Rafaela Forzza Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro Brazil Biodiversity database; Herbarium database; Data quality Collection 0000-0002-7035-9313
Rui Figueira GBIF Portugal, Instituto Superior de Agronomia Portugal Ecology, ecological niche modelling, geostatistics, multivariate data analysis, biodiversity informatics, lichens, biomonitoring 0000-0002-8351-4028
Anders Gravbrøt Finstad Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Department of Natural History Norway Ecology, biodiversity-informatics, distribution modelling, freshwater ecology, climate change impacts 0000-0003-4529-6266
David Galicia University of Navarra Spain Small mammals, biogeography, morphometry, ecology, spatial distribution, niche modelling, natural history collections accessibility 0000-0002-2585-9888
Jean Cossi Ganglo University of Abomey-Calavi Benin Biodiversity, Forest ecosystems, management, sustainable uses, biodiversity informatics, data, publications, data publication, data uses 0000-0003-4212-6448
Alexis Garretson George Mason University United States Bioinformatics, biodiversity, ecological informatics, data stewardship, metadata, phenology 0000-0002-7260-0131
Chris Gentle Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute Australia Data sharing to improve our understanding of the cumulative impact of actions over time
Jennifer C. Girón Duque Museum of Texas Tech University United States Taxonomy, Coleoptera, beetles, Neotropical region, biodiversity informatics, collections, linking data 0000-0002-0851-6883
Florencia Grattarola Biodiversidata Uruguay Macroecology, species distribution, citizen science, Neotropical, Uruguayan Savannah 0000-0001-8282-5732
Olly Griffin WCS Cambodia Cambodia Terrestrial mammals, primates, wildlife population montioring 0000-0003-2916-7560
Rob Guralnick Florida Museum of Natural History United States Biodiversity informatics, systems and taxonomy, global monitoring
Jen Hammock National Museum of Natural History United States data integration, identifiers, ontology terms, graph data 0000-0002-9943-2342
Mason Heberling Carnegie Museum of Natural History United States plant physiological ecology, invasion biology, functional traits, phenology, herbarium, global change biology 0000-0003-0756-5090
Angelique Hjarding University of North Carolina Charlotte United States Biodiversity conservation, remote sensing, community science, public science 0000-0002-9279-4893
Jörg Holetschek Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin Germany GBIF, BioCASe, diodiversity data, standards, tools, ABCD, databases 0000-0002-3310-1794
Tsuyoshi Hosoya National Museum of Nature and Science Japan Biodiversity, databasing, Fungi, inventory, systematics, phylogeny, specimen database 0000-0002-9943-2342
Alice Hughes Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences China Conservation, biodiversity, endemism, data standards, modelling, spatial analysis, trend analysis, biogeography, methodologies 0000-0002-7688-5517
Luke Jimu Bindura University of Science Education Zimbabwe Forest science, forest pathology, metagenomics, mycobiomes 0000-0002-4651-001X
Nicole Kearney Biodiversity Heritage Library, Museums Victoria Australia Digitisation, digitization, biodiversity, heritage, literature, museums, museum, libraries, library, transcription, online publishing, DOIs, collections, digital preservation, metadata, science communication, open access, data, interoperability, editing 0000-0003-2883-0906
Chihjen Ko Independent consultant Taiwan Halodule, GBIO, postgreSQL 0000-0001-5912-1761
Wouter Koch Artsdatabanken Norway Citizen science, machine learning, open data, licenses 0000-0001-9025-9486
Hanna Koivula CSC - IT Center for Science Finland Data interoperability, semantic interoperability, QA of environmental data 0000-0001-5605-9122
Nataliya Kovtonyuk Central Siberian Botanical Garden, SB RAS Russian Federation Taxonomy, biodiversity, open data, Primula L., Primulaceae, digitization, herbarium collection 0000-0002-4018-6634
Paula Lightfoot Newcastle University United Kingdom Remote sensing, GIS, marine, coastal, UAVs, diving 0000-0003-2019-7966
Dorothy Madamba Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Entomology, Education, Insects for food and feed, Moths of Zimbabwe, forensic entomology, conservation education, non-profits, Reach A Young Soul (RAYS) Trust 0000-0002-5146-9007
Kent McFarland Vermont Center for Ecostudies United States Conservation biology, Lepidoptera, Aves, Bombus, biogeography, historical data, New England 0000-0001-7809-5503
Oliver Meyn Hadoop & Big Data Consultant Canada Software, distributed systems, data architecture
Admpore Mureva Bindura University of Science Education Zimbabwe Forests, soils, microbial community, spatial distribution of plants 0000-0003-4769-3492
Tafadzwa Muzira Zimbabwe Youth Biodiversity Network Zimbabwe Lantana, Camara , anquila labiata
Tiwonge Mzumara-Gawa University of Science and Technology Malawi Malawi Avifauna, ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity informatics, ecosystem services 0000-0002-5364-9853
Isabel Neves Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Portugal Biodiversity informatics, data quality, Mozambique, natural history collections, Mammalia, species distribution modelling, digitization 0000-0002-1545-1512
Nicky Nicolson Biodiversity Informatics & Spatial Analysis, RBG Kew / Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London United Kingdom Biodiversity informatics, machine learning, data mining, museum collections, botany 0000-0003-3700-4884
Erlend Nilsen Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Norway Ecology, monitoring, open science, reproducibility 0000-0002-5119-8331
Charles Nyanga Ministry of Agriculture Zambia Marine Science, Biodiversity, Climate Impacts, Conservation 0000-0001-5829-5700
Paul Herve Ole Abada Royal Services Group Cameroon Écosystèmes, protection de l'environnement, application de la loi 0000-0002-0621-3782
Takeshi Osawa Tokyo Metropolitan University Japan Biodiversity Informatics, Macro Ecology, Spatial Analysis, Virtual Ecology 0000-0002-2098-0902
Julia Pawłowska University of Warsaw Poland Fungi, biodiversity, phylogenetics, evolution, Mucoromycota, endohyphal bacteria 0000-0003-4914-5182
Fatima Parker-Allie South African National Biodiversity Institute South Africa Biodiversity informatics, species distribution modelling, marine modelling, strategic engagements and partnerships, global change, food security 0000-0002-0004-9504
Katie Pearson Arizona State University United States Biodiversity informatics, plants, herbaria, phenology, data standards 0000-0003-4947-7662
Anabela Plos Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" MACN-CONICET / Sistema Nacional de Datos Biológicos SNDB Argentina Digitization, biological data, biodiversity data, Botany, Asteraceae, Apiaceae, data portals, data quality, checklist 0000-0003-3877-7408
Petra Pop Ristova Milieukontakt Macedonia North Macedonia Aquatic, environment, microorganisms, biodiviersity, ecology, marine 0000-0001-6215-4257
Oleh Prylutskyi V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University Ukraine Fungi, remote sensing, habitat mapping, GIS, semi-arid zone, forests 0000-0001-5730-517X
Tsiky Rabetrano REBIOMA Madagascar Biodivesity informatics, data sharing, species, conservation planning
Niels Raes NLBIF Netherlands Biodiversity, biogeography, global climate change, land use change, SDM/ENM 0000-0002-4329-4892
Prabhakar Rajagopal India Biodiversity Portal India Biodiversity Informatics, India Biodiversity Portal, Tropics, developing countries 0000-0001-9320-5942
Heimo Rainer Naturhistorisches Museum Wien Austria Annonaceae, Flora, Austria, Tropics, Herbarium 0000-0002-5963-349X
Sophia Ratcliffe NBN Trust United Kingdom Biodiversity Informatics, data visualisation, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, data quality and standards 0000-0001-9284-7900
Alexey P. Seregin Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation Botany, Tracheophyta, flora, herbaria, database, imaging, data mining 0000-0002-1824-7453
Maxim Shashkov Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology RAS – the Branch of the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences Russian Federation Earthworm ecology, ecosystem modelling, UAV and remote sensing 0000-0002-1328-8758
Sara Si-moussi INRA / INRIA / Montpellier University France Applied computer science, computational ecology, ecoinformatics, ecological modeling, community ecology 0000-0002-0519-8699
Laurens Sparrius FLORON Plant Conservation Netherlands Netherlands Citizen science, biodiversity monitoring, taxonomy, vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens 0000-0002-4925-9289
John Starmer Maui Nui Natural History United States echinodermata, octocorallia, coral reef, evolution, biogeography 0000-0003-2926-5048
Dirk Steinke Centre for Biodiversity Genomics Canada DNA barcoding, metabarcoding, metagenomics, eDNA, SDM, mapping, diversity indicies, molecular evolution, fish, mitonuclear evolution, polinators 0000-0002-8992-575X
Rob Stevenson University of Massachusetts Boston United States Environmental science, biodiversity science, citizen science, biodiversity, habitat loss, invasive species, extinction, extirpation, population declines, science methods, data quality, data mobilization, biodiversity standards, vocabularies, ontologies, user interface design 0000-0003-1617-5895
Darwyn Sumner Dipterists Forum United Kingdom Diptera, biological recording, Open Data, NBN Atlas, biodiversity data management, biogeography, taxonomy
Rachel Tierney Scottish Wildlife Trust/Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum United Kingdom Biological recording networks, data sharing, biodiversity data mobilisation, data infrastructure, open data, partnerships, biological recording
Herbert Tushabe NatureUganda Uganda Biodiversity databasing and assessment, GIS, Remote sensing, Biodiversity information, Conservation planning 0000-0003-3377-5702
Anton Van de Putte Scientific Committtee for Antarctic Research Belgium Southern Ocean, Antarctica, Ecosystem assessment 0000-0003-1336-5554
Vigdis Vandvik University of Bergen Norway Biodiversity, vegetation, ecosystem functioning, global change experiments, management, conservation 0000-0003-4651-4798
John Wieczorek VertNet Argentina Biodiversity informatics, data mobilization, data quality, tools, software development, training, georeferencing, research, standards, vocabularies 0000-0003-1144-0290
Bevan Weir Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research New Zealand Mycology, bacteriology, plant pathology, New Zealand 0000-0003-2580-0701
Daniel Zacarias Universidade Eduardo Mondlane Mozambique Climate change, species distribution modelling, spatial prioritization, macroecology, biogeography 0000-0002-9617-0535