Biodiversity Open Data Ambassadors

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

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Saulcy's leafcutter (Megachile saulcyi) observed in Santiago, chile by orlandomontes. Photo via iNaturalist (CC BY-NC 4.0)

The success of GBIF depends in part on establishing a good understanding within research and policy communities of the benefits and opportunities provided by free and open access to biodiversity data, as well as the importance of responsible use of such data through proper citation and attribution.

The GBIF Secretariat and GBIF participant nodes work to promote this understanding through their communication platforms, at meetings and across networks around of the world. However, this relatively small group can never hope to reach all relevant communities without assistance.

Biodiversity Open Data Ambassadors can fill that gap. If you are a biodiversity professional who promotes the principles and best practices of open data sharing and use, we can equip you with information resources, networking opportunities and recognition to make you an even more effective advocate in your own professional communities.

Qualifications and commitment

Are you a potential Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador? We ask for some minimum qualifications and a basic level of commitment, namely that:

  • You can provide at least one example in which you have shared biodiversity data through GBIF, used GBIF-mediated data, and/or advocated open data in your professional capacity
  • You agree with the ICSU-World Data System Data Sharing Principles: in short, that data should be shared openly in a timely manner, with the fewest restrictions possible and used with proper citation.
  • You consent to have your contact details openly available on, and possibly on websites run by GBIF nodes and partners
  • You consent to be contacted by GBIF Secretariat and GBIF nodes with requests to promote open biodiversity data at particular events
  • You undertake to provide details of at least one example each year of an event, publication or process in which you have advocated for open biodiversity data

How to become a Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador

If you fit the description above, it's simple—just fill out this form.

We will review your application then contact you to confirm your role as a Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador. We will give you details of how you can access resources to help you with your advocacy, including presentation slides, talking points, posters, brochures and other materials.

Once you are confirmed as an ambassador, we will also put you in touch with your national GBIF node, if you are in a participating country (if, indeed, you aren't already). Working together, you and node staff may be able to help strengthen connections with relevant national research and policy communities. We will also inform you of other GBIF-related activities in your country such as data publishing, projects and research use examples.

We appreciate when ambassadors capture and share their experiences from events attended, which helps us to improve our materials and messaging for future events.

Biodiversity Open Data Ambassadors are also encouraged to network with one another through a group in the GBIF Community Forum to which you will be invited when your role is confirmed.


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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Constance Rinaldo Biodiversity Heritage Library / Librarian, Museum of Comparative Zoology United States Biodiversity, Peromyscus, Microtus, Sorex, ecology, behavior, information resources 0000-0002-8339-728X
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
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

Other volunteer roles within the GBIF network

GBIF has an open call for volunteer mentors, who provide more hands-on assistance and training for our capacity enhancement activities. A Biodiversity Open Data Ambassador can also serve as a GBIF mentor.