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Our Team

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 help@datadryad.org.

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson
Executive Director
Jen joined Dryad as Executive Director in October 2021. Since 2005, she has worked with scientists, funders, publishers, libraries, developers and others to explore fresh paths toward accelerating discovery through open research communication and open-technology innovation. Prior to Dryad, Jennifer was Head of Open Research Communication for eLife, a non-profit and research funder-backed initiative to transform science publishing. She is Chair of the Board of Directors for OASPA (2020-2022) and a former member of the board for FORCE11 (2018-2020). Learn more about Jen at LinkedIn.

Mark Kurtz

Mark Kurtz
Head of Business Operations
Mark has worked in academic publishing for over 20 years, with experience ranging from editorial management to strategic development, in academic, nonprofit, and commercial settings. He has held positions at the Archaeological Institute of America, SAGE, and BioOne, where he was Senior Director for Strategic Development. Long active in the development of open-access models, he believes that sustainable models are essential to meaningful innovation in scholarly communications.

Product Development Team

Daniella Lowenberg

Daniella Lowenberg
Product Manager
Daniella is a Senior Product Manager at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL) and focuses on data publishing and data metrics. As part of the CDL-Dryad partnership, she also product manages the Dryad publishing platform. 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. Daniella has been at CDL since 2017 where, in addition to being the Product Manager for Dryad, she also is the Principal Investigator for the Sloan Foundation funded Make Data Count initiative, and co-chair of the FORCE11 Research Data Publishing Ethics working group.

Ryan Scherle

Ryan Scherle
Software 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.

Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher
Software Developer
Scott is a lead developer at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL). As part of the CDL-Dryad partnership, he is also the tech lead on the Dryad publishing platform. Scott has many years of software development and UX design experience and graduated with a master's degree from the UC Berkeley School of Information. He previously worked on software projects to archive web pages, plan and preserve research data, and make data metrics available.

Curation Team

Jess Herzog

Jess Herzog
Publishing Manager
Jess has over 20 years of experience in scientific publishing and publications management. Prior to joining Dryad, she worked for Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Elsevier in various roles related to journal management, system design and training, and customer relations.

Savannah Butler

Savannah Butler
Data Curator
Savannah holds a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with research interests in atmospheric and water pollution mitigation. Savannah has spent the last two years working in the humanitarian field supporting displaced people throughout Europe, and outside of Dryad she supports NGOs in grant writing. In her spare time, Savannah enjoys swimming, rock climbing, cooking, and learning new languages.

Amelia Culp

Amelia Culp
Data Curator
Amelia has a B.S. in Physics and a background in physics and neuroscience research. In addition to data curation, she is a PhD candidate studying neural connectomics. Outside of work, Amelia enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, and taking care of her plants.

Joseph Dafesh

Joseph Dafesh
Data Curator
Joseph studied Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at UC Riverside, and has a background in medicine, research, and biotechnology. He has aspirations to go into Genetic Engineering in the future. For fun Joseph loves working out, going to the beach, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

Iman Nematollahi

Iman Nematollahi
Data Curator
Iman recently graduated with a B.S. in Data Science from the University of California, San Diego, with a background in Machine Learning. Prior to this role, he worked as a Data Science tutor where he taught the fundamentals of coding to new programmers. In his free time he loves to keep up with the latest in sports, streetwear, and technology.

Ari Orona

Ari Orona
Data Curator
Ari graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Arizona State University, with a diverse background in clinical research. In addition to her Data Curator role at Dryad, she works as a Data Analyst at the University of Virginia. In her spare time, Ari enjoys baking, reading, and conquering her latest favorite video game.

Aadithya Sekar

Aadithya Sekar
Data Curator
Aadithya has a research background in molecular biology and genetics and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. In addition to his role as a Data Curator at Dryad, he is training to achieve technical certification in GIS. In his free time, Aadithya enjoys hiking and reading.

Carolyn Tarpey

Carolyn Tarpey
Data Curator
Carolyn has a B.S. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, and an M.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. She also works as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington, using genomic tools to investigate stock structure, diversity, and connectivity of marine fish species. Carolyn loves gardening and all crafts.

Jeremy Walter

Jeremy Walter
Data Curator
Jeremy transitioned from a management role in English as a Second Language education in Thailand to technical writing and training coordination roles on various biology-driven projects in the United States. He recently repatriated to California where he helps the UC Davis effort on the NIH Common Fund Data Ecosystem.