Who We Are

Who We Are: Board of Directors

The Dryad organization is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by Dryad members at the Annual Meeting each May.

Lynn Baird
Lynn Baird, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Idaho, has over forty years' experience in academic research libraries, navigating the challenges of scholarly research, the publishing industry, and public policy and how these different stakeholders shape the conversation of research and knowledge creation. In the newly emerging needs of libraries to facilitate and promote data deposit, Baird leads local efforts to develop institutional capacity to address needs related to data storage and archiving, data description and planning, and works closely with the university's Office of Research and Economic Development on the establishment of the Northwest Knowledge Network. Baird participated in the NSF DataONE Working Group on Socio-cultural Issues and has led discussions in professional library organizations about the role of librarians in data management.
Emilio Bruna
Emilio Bruna is a Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor of Tropical Ecology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. He is Editor-in-Chief of Biotropica and previously served on the Editorial Board of Ecology and Ecological Monographs. He will bring to the Board the perspective of a research scientist (>65 peer-reviewed publications) and Editor (~600 decisions on manuscripts) who works in close collaboration with scientists and students in developing countries. He also has experience curating and archiving ecological datasets, including several in Dryad.
Theodora Bloom
Theodora Bloom left laboratory science after a PhD in developmental biology and a postdoctoral fellowship in cell and molecular biology, and has for the past 20 years worked as an editor and publisher at Nature, Current Biology and more recently the commercial open access publisher BioMed Central and then the non-profit open access publisher the Public Library of Science (PLOS). As Biology Editorial Director at PLOS she had responsibility for the biological journals including PLOS Biology (for which she was Chief Editor), and took the lead for PLOS on issues around data access and availability. She is now Executive Editor of the BMJ.
Martin Fenner
Martin Fenner has been involved in various scholarly communication projects since 2007. After working as medical doctor and cancer researcher until 2012, he joined the Public Library of Science as a contractor to work as technical lead for their Article-Level Metrics project. Martin Fenner has been involved in the ORCID initiative since 2010, and was an ORCID Board member until starting to work part-time for the EU-funded ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network in October 2012. Martin Fenner sits on the advisory Board of the German National Library of Medicine. Martin's blog.
Charles Fox
Charles Fox is a professor of evolutionary biology, Senior Editor of Functional Ecology, co-editor of five books in evolutionary biology, and co-editor of the Year in Evolution series (published by Wiley-Blackwell). He brings to the Board the perspective of a research scientist (with over 100 refereed articles) with extensive experience in the publishing industry as an editor and previous member of British Ecological Society's Publications Committee. Read more about Chuck
Liz Ferguson
Liz Ferguson has worked in journals publishing for the past 15 years. The last eight of these have seen her lead the Blackwell (now Wiley-Blackwell) program in whole organismal biology, and most recently she has worked to develop and launch the Wiley Open Access program.
Simon Hodson
Simon Hodson Simon Hodson is Executive Director of CODATA, an organisation whose mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use. From 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successive phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme. Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience; he sits on numerous project Steering Boards and strategic Working Groups in the area of research data including the ICSU-WDS Data Publication Working Group.
Bill Michener
Bill Michener is active in both the environmental and information sciences and has directed several large interdisciplinary research programs and information technology projects including the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Biocomplexity and Ecology Programs, the Development Program for the NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research Network, and numerous infrastructure projects that focus on developing information technologies in support of the sciences, including the ongoing Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). He has extensive experience in project management, meeting facilitation, and service on non-profit Boards (e.g., Organization for Tropical Studies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology) and Editorial Boards (e.g., Ecological Society of America Ecology Board member and Editor of Ecological Archives, Associate Editor for Ecological Informatics).
Susanna Sansone
Susanna Sansone, Associate Director and Principal Investigator at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, has twelve years' experience in data curation and data management. With her team, she research and develop methods and software for curating, sharing and enabling reproducible research, driving science and discoveries with and for a variety of user communities in the biological, biomedical and environmental areas. Susanna works with funding agencies and pre-competitive informatics initiatives to promote the uptake of community-developed ontology and standards. She is a central player in the grass-roots data standardization movement; she is co- founder of the MIBBI and the BioSharing initiatives (http://biosharing.org), Board Member of several standardization initiatives and a data consultant at Nature Publishing Group.
Eefke Smit
Eefke Smit, Director of Standards and Technology at the International Association of STM Publishers, in The Hague, has more than 25 years experience in the publishing industry and early-on involved in web-initiatives. Recent projects include several EU-studies and recommendations for better integration of research data and publications (ODE, APARSEN, PARSE.Insight) and participation in several working groups for Best Practice Guidelines on how to handle data and data citation (DataCite, CODATA, WDS, NISO/NFAIS).
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith (Ex Officio) teaches and advises faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing as Duke University’s first Director of the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office. Kevin began his academic career with graduate studies in theology at Yale University and the University of Chicago, and then decided to move into library work. He holds a Masters of Library Science from Kent State University and has worked as an academic librarian in both liberal arts colleges and specialized theological libraries. His strong interest in copyright law began in library school and he received a law degree from Capital University in 2005. Before moving to Duke in 2006, Kevin served as the Director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught Constitutional Law. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.
Carol Tenopir
Carol Tenopir has a 30+ year background in communication and information science and has worked extensively with publishers and journals to understand and improve the scholarly communication process. Carol has an international network of colleagues across the sciences, publishing industry, and library and information sciences community, as well as a deep understanding of the issues that will affect Dryad's growth and evolution. This background, combined with her expertise in usability/user interfaces and sustainable publication practices position her well to help enable Dryad succeed strategically and sustainably for the long-term. Read more about Carol.
Todd Vision
Todd Vision has a research background in evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics, and more recently has investigated various aspects of scholarly communication in science. He has served as the Associate Director of Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center since 2006 and, in that position, has helped steer a wide variety of community-oriented informatics capacity-building programs, including Principal Investigator on the primary NSF grant funding Dryad since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Phoenix Bioinformatics.

Who We Are: Project Personnel

Project: National Science Foundation DBI-1147166 "Scalable and sustainable infrastructure for the publication of data"

Principal Investigators

  • Todd Vision, Associate Director of Informatics, NESCent, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jane Greenberg, Director, Metadata Research Center, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University
  • Hilary Davis, Interim Head of Collection Management and Director of Research Data Services, North Carolina State University


Other Current Contributors

For past contributors see Dryad Alumni


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Last revised: 2015-1-13