CitSci.org Staff


Gregory Newman

Greg Dr. Newman is a research scientist, ecologist, and informatics specialist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU). He received his PhD from CSU in citizen science, community-based monitoring, and ecological informatics. His current research focuses on designing and evaluating the effectiveness of cyber-infrastructure support systems for citizen science programs. His research interests include evaluating various citizen science program models, understanding the socio-ecological benefits of engaging the public in scientific research, designing and evaluating data management systems for socio-ecological research, assessing the value of local and traditional ecological knowledge for conservation and education outcomes, and developing spatial-temporal decision support systems.

Greg strives to create innovative ecological data management and visualization solutions to help communities solve place-based environmental challenges. His research team at NREL manages the International Biological Information System (IBIS) cyber-infrastructure at NREL, a system that supports the CitSci.org web/mobile applications and 20+ other ecological data management and web applications. He is currently a member of the DataONE citizen science working group and the North American Pika Consortium IT subcommittee.

Russell Scarpino

Russell Russell is a Research Associate specializing in eco-informatics at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University. He has teamed up with Dr. Gregory Newman to manage the growing list of ecological data management and web applications of the International Biological Information System (IBIS).

Mr. Scarpino's background is in Ecology, with an emphasis on Marine Biology and Conservation, and has since focused on building ecological data collection and visualization systems. He is an advocate of community-based ecological monitoring, metadata-supported open data, and open source code.

Sarah Newman

Sarah Sarah is a Research Associate at Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Lab where she supports the educational research project CarbonTIME as well as the international citizen science platform CitSci.org.

Sarah's passion for engaging people in science grew from her graduate work studying invasive plants in Florida. It is difficult to tackle a nemesis like invasive plants without the buy-in and help of the community being affected by them. She's been involved in citizen science ever since! Her graduate work led her to a position as the Citizen Science Director at Beaver Creek Reserve in Wisconsin where she worked with dozens of citizen science programs from the local to state level. When she relocated to Colorado, she became the Citizen Science Program Manager at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) where she focused her efforts on national citizen science with Project BudBurst and Citizen Science Academy (both programs are now run by the Chicago Botanic Garden). And today, she is happy to be a part of the CitSci.org team!

Sarah has a B.S. in Wildlife Management, Biology, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an M.S. in Ecology from Florida State University.

Nicole Kaplan

Nicole Nicole Kaplan is an Information Manager at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab. She has been providing scientific support services since 1998, when she started working with the Shortgrass Steppe, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project. Nicole works closely with researchers, graduate students or anyone providing data values or observations of the natural world, to design and build data management systems. She has co-chaired the LTER Network Information Management Committee (2003-2006), co-founded the Information Management Governance Working Group (2008) where she participated in establishing priorities and procedures to develop and enact standards and best practices that support network science, education, and information management policy for the US LTER Network.

Currently she serves on the Colorado State University Research Data Advisory Board (2013), charged with assessing the data management needs of research teams and their stakeholders.

Stacy Lynn

Stacy Dr. Stacy Lynn is a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She is an Ecologist who studies land use, livelihoods, wildlife, and sustainability by reaching across disciplines in social-ecological systems, primarily the drylands of East Africa. Stacy received both her MSc (Rangeland Ecosystem Science) and PhD (Ecology) at Colorado State University studying the impacts of conservation policy and ecology on Maasai pastoralists, and studying impacts of cultivation for both Maasai pastoral livelihoods and wildlife movement at multiple scales in Northern Tanzania. She has past, current and pending research projects in East Africa and the US related to dry land sustainability, community engagement, wildlife conservation, risk perception, traditional ecological knowledge, environmental governance, STEM education, participatory mapping, landscape ecology, citizen science, and the development of participatory research tools for social and ecological research. Some of her specializations are in interdisciplinary approaches to research, participatory research methods, science education, systems thinking, and situation assessment. She specializes in looking at entire systems - taking a broad systems approach to social-ecological research related to ecosystem and livelihood sustainability and resilience, particularly in East African dryland systems.

Stacy's interest in CitSci.org is founded on how social and ecological data collection can be facilitated by technology, and then how social and ecological data can be integrated by thinking critically about who collects data, what types of data they collect, how they collect it, and how it can contribute to answering bigger meta-questions. If useful tools can be developed by thinking across many diverse users, then enormous opportunity exists for interaction between projects that will make research all the more relevant, fulfilling and useful.

Brian Fauver

Brian Brian is a graduate student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. His thesis is studying an economic framework for citizen science program design. He has a background in citizen-science coordination through working with the Front Range Pika Patrol (www.pikapatrol.com) doing pika detectability surveys, and the Southwest Crown of the Continent CFLR Program (www.swcrown.org) doing vegetation transects. Both projects gave him a firm understanding of the needs and limitations of small, locally based, citizen-science projects.

Simply put, he likes rigorous science, but he loves working with volunteers.

Manoj Sreekumar

Manoj Manoj is a Computer Science graduate student at Colorado State University. He is involved in the renovation of CitSci.org data management and web application systems. He has an Instrumentation Engineering background with work experience in the field of web development, database management and quality assurance. His other interests are in development of Android applications and online informational content for PHP.

Lee Casuto

Lee Lee is a software engineer in remission. Most of his career was spent serving 23 years at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on the HP-UX kernel, commands and graphics libraries. His second software career was/is at CSU. He has worked on the CitSci web site and is currently developing the CitSciMobile app of the iOS platform. His free time (which he tries to get as much of as possible) is spent with his bride of 40 years, Debbie, his dog of 2 years, Brady, competitive swimming at the University of Arizona master's program, and martial arts. As you can see, he needs lots of free time.

Jim Graham

Jim Dr. Graham is an Assistant Professor in Geospatial Science at Humboldt State University. Jim teaches introductory and advanced GIS classes including programming and modeling. His research interest and passion is to use geospatial information to create credible and captivating visualizations. The focus for his research is how and why species are distributed around our planet and how their distributions may change in the future. Dr. Graham initially helped CitSci.org become established and his dedicated hours of both leadership and programming are very much appreciated by the current staff at CitSci.org.

Alycia Crall

Alycia Dr. Crall is coordinator of the Virginia Master Naturalists program at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include Citizen Science, Informal Science Education, Environmental Education, Invasive Species, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Conservation, Program Evaluation, and Biological Data Integration. She has authored numerous journal articles related to citizen science, invasive species, and science literacy and was part of our initial team in developing CitSci.org. We are grateful for all of the hard work Dr. Crall has contributed to developing and improving CitSci.org.

Ashish Kattamuri

Ashish Ashish is a graduate student at Colorado State University studying machine learning and artificial intelligence.