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Our team applies their diverse backgrounds in scientific research, librarianship, non-profits, business administration, publishing, and computer science to support open data infrastructure and the preservation of knowledge. To reach us, contact

Tracy Teal

Tracy Teal
Executive Director
Dr. Tracy Teal joined Dryad as the Executive Director in 2020. She was previously the Executive Director of The Carpentries and a co-founder of Data Carpentry. She has a background in bioinformatics and microbial ecology with a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from California Institute of Technology. Her work centers on democratizing data, bringing people to data and data to people, with the perspective that we can go further together.

Debra Fagan

Debra Fagan, BS Computer Science; MLIS
Curation and Technical Specialist
Debra began her career in software and front end web development after earning a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Eventually she earned a Masters in Library and Information Science and adjusted the focus of her career to libraries. During her years as Curation and Technical Specialist with Dryad, her dual background in computers and libraries has allowed her to quickly switch from one ‘side’ to the other in support of two things she feels strongly about--open data and open research. When she is not in front of a computer, Debra enjoys spending time with her family, going to live theater and concerts, reading, and dabbling in photography and painting.

Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher
Dryad Developer
Scott has information and UX design experience and graduated with a master's degree from the UC Berkeley School of Information. He has worked in the computer industry writing software and more recently at The University of California. His previous work includes projects to archive web pages, plan for data preservation, preserve data itself and make data metrics available. Scott is a lead developer at the California Digital Library.

Daniella Lowenberg

Daniella Lowenberg
Dryad Product Manager
Daniella has a background in Microbiology. After leaving the lab, she was a Publications Manager at PLOS ONE where she implemented and oversaw the PLOS Data Policy. For the last three years, Daniella has been a data publishing and data metrics product manager at California Digital Library, within the University of California. She is currently the Product Manager for Dryad and project lead for the Sloan Foundation funded Make Data Count project.

Lori Polischuk

Lori Polischuk, BA Political Science, MA Political Science
Curation Program Manager
Lori has a research and teaching background in political science and public policy. Prior to joining Dryad she worked in healthcare and biotechnology, most recently with Invitae as a Project Manager leading an API integration project. In her spare time, Lori enjoys sharpening her data analysis skills, traveling in an RV with her pets, and following politics.

Ryan Scherle

Ryan Scherle, PhD Computer Science and Cognitive Science
Dryad Developer
Ryan has been with Dryad since its founding. He spearheaded the initial development of Dryad's technology and has been involved in all aspects of the repository. Before joining Dryad, Ryan worked in the Digital Library Program at Indiana University, building systems to store and manage a wide variety of digital materials. In his free time, Ryan enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, hang gliding, and whitewater rafting. He also coaches youth teams in both baseball and robotics.

Rich Yaxley

Rich Yaxley, BS Aerospace Studies; PhD Cognitive Psychology
Rich joined Dryad in 2016 and has focused on promoting scientific transparency and the reusability of shared data. Before joining Dryad, he worked as a neuroimaging researcher at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Rich holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. In his free time, Rich enjoys music, hiking, cycling, motorcycling, and traveling.