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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.

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.

Jess Herzog

Jess Herzog, BA English
Data Curator
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.

Nate Jacobs

Nate Jacobs, PhD Neuroscience
Data Curator
Nate has a background in systems neuroscience, open science advocacy, and technology startups. He graduated with a PhD from the University of California, Irvine. He is the founder and CEO of the micropublishing startup When he’s not plotting the next revolution in scholarly communication, Nate enjoys surfing, espresso, and creative writing.

Mariah Kenney

Mariah Kenney, B.S, M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary biology
Data Curator
Mariah has research and teaching background in ecology and evolutionary biology and graduated with a M.Sc. from the University of Michigan. Before joining Dryad, she worked as a Research Associate at the University of Connecticut. In her free time, Mariah enjoys playing music, taking care of her plants, and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

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.

Sasha Mushegian

Sasha Mushegian, BA, PhD Zoology
Data Curator
Sasha has a background in ecology and evolution experience and graduated with a PhD from the University of Basel. In addition to her work for Dryad, she is a postdoctoral researcher in ecological genomics. In her free time, Sasha enjoys reading and hiking.

Ari Orona

Ari Orona, B.S, Biochemistry
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.

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.

Aadithya Sekar

Aadithya Sekar, B.S. Biochemistry
Dryad 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.

Hannah Schubloom

Hannah Schubloom, B.A, M.Sc in Neuroscience
Data Curator
Hannah has a research background focused on neuroscience and neuromodulation, and graduated with a M.Sc. from McGill University. Prior to joining Dryad, she worked as a Research Program Manager at PLOS ONE and a Research Associate at Halo Neuroscience. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys cooking, candle-making and spending time with her cat, Uni.