Walter is broadly interested in global biodiversity science. His
research is interdisciplinary and combines elements of biogeography,
community ecology, landscape ecology, macroecology, global change
ecology, evolutionary and comparative biology, biodiversity informatics
and conservation. Study systems include terrestrial vertebrates, in
particular birds, and plants. Work in his research group attempts to
integrate across scales of geographical, phylogenetic and ecological
Rob is a biodiversity scientist who studies spatiotemporal
changes in genetic and species diversity. I take an integrative
approach to global change biology and students in my lab range from
occupancy and to spatial ecological modelers, to landscape geneticists,
to systematists. The diversity in lab is also its strength -- we
continue to discover that the interesting questions are the integrative
ones that require multiple lines of evidence. Rob hobbies are working
Aaron got a CS degree from Berkeley and currently works there as an
information architect. When not running or running after Noah, he
helps design and write code for MOL web apps, servers, and APIs. Aaron
enjoys reading self-introductions written in the third person.
Gaurav is a biodiversity informatician
working to make sure that biodiversity
data can make it into Map of Life smoothly
He has been a graduate student at
the Guralnick lab since 2011, and loves
both cats and Wikipedia.
Cody has worked on GIS and spatial analysis related projects for more than a decade. His
work with the MOL and the Jetz lab builds upon his experience working on global species
distribution mapping for the Global Mammal Assessment. Cody has a passion for the combination
of modeling, remote sensing and field work for the conservation of wildlife in tropical areas.
Outside of work, Cody enjoys crossword puzzles, squash, and tracing the intrigues of Downton Abbey.
Jeremy joined the Jetz Lab and the MOL team in January of 2012 with a background in geospatial
web application development. Most of his work here has been focused on user-interface development
and database management. He can also be found dragging his growing family up and down the
mountains of New England and beyond.
Carsten is a Ph.D student working on gaps in global biodiversity knowledge and their implications
for research and conservation. Out of necessity he has recently developed a passion for automated
ways to access different biodiversity data sources and reconciling their taxonomies. Usually he
would be passionate about trekking and photography.
Peter is a wildlife ecologist in the Guralnick lab working on data acquisition and its integration
into Map of Life. His work in the Guralnick lab also includes modeling the occupancy of mammals in
the Appalachian Mountain region. His interests lie primarily in answering conservation questions
through the use of GIS and citizen science. Outside of the lab, Peter works on developing novel
approaches to conservation outreach and plays in the mountains with his dog and wife.
Tom blends a Master's degree in Geography from Penn State, an interest in avian distributions, and
working experience with ecological informatics to help the MOL team develop visualization and user
experience aspects of the project. In his spare time, he can be found obsessively eBirding or
honing his skills at crafting the perfect cup of coffee or tea.
Andrew is working on his Ph.D. in the Guralnick lab where he has been
since the mid-2000's. Most of his work revolves around an enthusiasm
for developing automated informatics frameworks to help understand the
world's biodiversity. He has an affinity for caffiene and mostly avoids
Dan is a postdoc in the Jetz lab at Yale. His research integrates broad
scale spatial and phylogenetic data and uses novel techniques to tackle
questions about the evolution, distribution and conservation of biological
diversity. Dan is passionate about road cycling,
fried haloumi and the use of phylogenetic information in conservation planning.
Aimee has worked
in the GIS and Remote Sensing fields for the last 12 years, focusing on
software development and mapping applications the University of Kansas since 2001. After
her initial seduction by proprietary software, she came to her senses and
now uses open source tools whenever possible.
John supports his habits (beach volleyball and living in the
wilderness) by balancing biodiversity informatics at UC Berkeley with
indentured servitude to the Lacey lab for field work in Argentina.
Informatics interests include biodiversity data mobilization, data
quality improvement, and georeferencing.
Map of Life Steering Committee
The Map of Life Steering Committee provides technical, managerial and scientific
advice to Map of Life and key outreach to allied communities in biodiversity, informatics,
and conservation. The committee is currently composed of:
Katrin Boehning-Gaese (Senckenberg, Frankfurt, Germany),
Simon Ferrier (GEO BON and CSIRO, Canberra Australia,
Donald Hobern (GBIF, Copenhagen, Denmark),
Jon Hoekstra (WWF. Seattle, Washington USA),
Steve Kelling (eBird, Ithaca, New York USA),
Georgina Mace (DIVERSITAS, Imperial College London, UK ),
and Henrique Pereira (GEO BON, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
EOL-BioSync Working Group
Map of Life was fortunate to have many talented individuals
contribute to the early ideas, scope, and direction of the project.
Here, we list some of these contributors:
Javier de la Torre,