Organization of Biological Field Stations Annual Meeting 2018

Organization of Biological Field Stations 53rd Annual Meeting at Schoodic Institute

September 19-23, 2018  •  Partnerships and Collaborations

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We’re looking forward to the OBFS annual meeting, and, among other things, learning from the plenary speakers!

Meet the plenary speakers below!


Sarah Nelson is the Director of the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and Associate Research Professor in watershed biogeochemistry in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine. She is also a member of the RiSE (Research in STEM education) faculty. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of atmospheric pollution and climate change on forests, foodwebs, and freshwaters in remote and protected ecosystems. One of her signature programs is the Dragonfly Mercury Project (DMP), which engages citizen scientists in collection of dragonfly larvae for mercury analysis in national parks, allowing for national-scale assessment of this neurotoxic pollutant. For about a decade, she has worked with high school teachers and Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park in a series of projects focused on teacher professional development regarding mercury in watersheds, snowpack and climate, and data literacy.


Caitlin Cleaver currently works for FB Environmental focused on the right whale entanglement issue. Cait has over five years of experience working with coastal communities and in marine resources. Through her work, she has identified tools to preserve working waterfronts, facilitated community participation in the regional ocean planning process, and designed and implemented cooperative fisheries and aquaculture research. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Colby College, a master’s in Public Administration in environmental science and policy from Columbia University, and dual masters’ degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in ecology and environmental science focused on the potential for integrating aquaculture and commercial fishing.


Catherine D’Ignazio is a scholar, artist/designer and software developer who focuses on data literacy, feminist technology and civic art. She has run breastpump hackathons, created talking and tweeting water quality sculptures, and led walking data visualizations to envision the future of sea level rise. Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation, and the Knight Foundation and exhibited at the Venice Biennial and the ICA Boston. Her research at the intersection of technology, design & the humanities has been published in the Journal of Peer Production, the Journal of Community Informatics, and the proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM SIGCHI). D’Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, a principal investigator at the Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media



Peter McCartney, Program Director, Directorate of Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation’s Division of Biological Infrastructure oversees research funded under the Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML) and Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) programs. Prior to NSF he was a Research Professor in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University where he directed projects related to information systems for environmental and archaeological research; use of metadata for designing automated internet access to data and applications; and workflow processing tools for incorporating multiple models into comprehensive analyses.