BHL Blog Authors

This page provides a list of all BHL blog authors. Click each name to view that author’s posts.

    Adriana Marroquin (16)

    Adriana Marroquin is the project manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project and the Smithsonian Field Book Project. She previously served as a library technician at Smithsonian Libraries and as a contractor for two projects: the American Art and Portrait Gallery library’s Art & Artist Corporate Files Database and BHL’s Latino Natural History exhibition.

    Advait Jukar (1)

    Advait Jukar is the Deep Time – Peter Buck Fellow in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. He is a vertebrate palaeobiologist broadly interested in dinosaurian and mammalian community assembly, megafaunal extinctions, and the evolutionary ecology and biogeography of mammalian herbivores in the Neogene and Quaternary.

    Ainsley Walters (1)

    Ainsley Walters is currently finishing a Graduate Certificate in Science in the field of Zoology. She has also been working as an artist in Melbourne for the past ten years and has a strong interest in scientific illustration.

    Alexandra K. Alvis (3)

    Alexandra K. Alvis is the Reference Librarian for the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Alexandra K. Carter (1)

    Alexandra K. Carter is the Science & Medicine Librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. She oversees the library's extensive collections in the history of medicine, anatomy, astronomy, mathematics, and natural history.

    Alexis Mychajliw (1)

    Dr. Alexis Mychajliw is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum (part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County). Her research specialty is working at the intersection of paleoecology and conservation biology. She works both at the La Brea Tar Pits in California and in the Caribbean, where she has recently started working in Trinidad, as part of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum international “BREAS” initiative (Bridging Research and Education in Asphaltic Sites). She has also been working on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola for more than 5 years, in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History in Santo Domingo and the conservation group Grupo Jaragua.

    Alison Harding (1)

    Alison Harding is the Librarian of the Ornithology and Rothschild Libraries of the Natural History Museum at Tring.

    Alison Kelly (4)

    Alison Kelly is a Science Research Librarian in the Science, Technology & Business Division at the Library of Congress. Prior to her current position, she was an archivist in the Shenandoah National Park Collections. Her primary subject areas of responsibility at the Library of Congress are agriculture and food history, plant science and horticulture.

    Amy Morgan (1)

    Amy Morgan is a Special Collections Librarian at the National Agricultural Library. With two years’ experience in Special Collections, she has enjoyed learning about and working with the Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection.

    Amy Zhang (1)

    Amy Zhang was a Junior Fellow at the Science, Technology, & Business Division of the Library of Congress in 2017.

    Andrew Tschinkel (1)

    Andrew Tschinkel is a digital imaging technician at The New York Botanical Garden.

    Anna Soper (1)

    Anna Soper has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University, where she won the OCAD University Medal in 2011. She has studied abroad at the Glasgow School of Art, and has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Western University. Soper has exhibited her work in Toronto, New York, and London, UK. She lives and works in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where she has created two public art works for the City of Kingston. She also serves as the sole librarian operating a small, special library in Kingston, Ontario.

    Anne Dollin (1)

    Anne Dollin is the Co-founder of the Australian Native Bee Research Centre in North Richmond NSW Australia.

    Anne Griffin (1)

    Anne Griffin is the Head of Cataloguing at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Library, Art & Archives.

    Anne-Lise Fourie (1)

    Anne-Lise Fourie is the Assistant Director of SANBI Libraries at The South African National Biodiversity Institute. She is also the Project Lead for the BHL Africa program.

    Arlene Shaner, MA, MLS (1)

    Arlene Shaner, MA, MLS is the Historical Collections Librarian at The New York Academy of Medicine.

    BHL NDSR Residents (2)

    In 2017 as part of the IMLS-funded "Foundations to Actions: Extending Innovations in Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners," BHL hosted five NDSR residents stationed at geographically-dispersed BHL partner institutions to work on interrelated projects to improve the discoverability and functionality of BHL. The residents were Alicia Esquivel (Chicago Botanic Garden), Marissa Kings (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County), Pamela McClanahan (Smithsonian Libraries), Katie Mika (Ernst Mayr Library at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology), and Ariadne Rehbein (Missouri Botanical Garden).

    Becca Greenstein (2)

    Becca Greenstein is the STEM Librarian at Northwestern University Libraries. She conducted a collection development project for BHL during the summer of 2016 and is very glad to have found a way to share the BHL collection with researchers and librarians in Illinois. She is interested in open access, creating inclusive library environments, research metrics, and information access for everyone: library users and non-users alike.

    Ben Nathan (1)

    Ben Nathan is the digitisation technician specialising in the digitisation of rare books, manuscripts and artworks in the library of the Natural History Museum, London.

    Bernice Barry (1)

    Bernice Barry is an educator and author. Learn more on her website:

    Bianca Crowley (29)

    Bianca Crowley is the BHL Digital Collections Manager. In this capacity she leads digital collection management activities and coordinates communications across the project's international library consortium.

    Bonnie S. Felts (1)

    Bonnie Felts started at the Smithsonian Libraries in May 2012 as a library technician, where she currently works in the Vertebrate Zoology libraries (Fish/Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals), Vertebrate Paleontology library, and the National Museum of Natural History main library. Her background before coming to Smithsonian Libraries was in archives, which has come in handy for collections work and collections care.

    Brendan Bachmann (1)

    Brendan Bachmann is a Master of Information Management student at RMIT University and a volunteer at Museums Victoria. He is passionate about libraries and the vital services they provide to communities, and can be contacted via LinkedIn.

    Cam Sharp Jones (2)

    Cam Sharp Jones is a Project Officer for the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Cara Hull (1)

    Cara Hull is currently finishing a Masters of Science in the fields of Marine Ecology and Coastal Geomorphology. She recently finished her thesis on small crustaceans that live on and in the sandy beaches of Victoria, Australia. Her research looked at the relationship between washed-up seaweed and other environmental factors such as temperature and sand grain size. Her interests particularly include animal species identification and the history of nomenclature.

    Carolina Murcia (1)

    Carolina Murcia was the BHL Marketing and Product Development Intern for the Biodiversity Heritage Library at Smithsonian Libraries in 2016-2017.

    Carolyn Sheffield (42)

    Carolyn Sheffield served as the BHL Program Manager from July 2013 - February 2019. She is currently the Associate Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland.

    Charles Zange (1)

    Charles Zange is a Digital Imaging Technician at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Previously, he worked as an independent contractor at the National Portrait Gallery, managing the AV Archive’s cataloging effort and documenting digital artwork for long-term preservation. He has a BA in History and French from Gettysburg College and an MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. He is originally from Illinois.

    Chris Byrd (2)

    Chris Byrd is working at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) as a Library Database and Research Intern. He has a Master's degree in US History from Villanova University and a Bachelor's degree in History and in English Literature from Presbyterian College. At OSGF, he is responsible for updating the metadata records for the Oak Spring Garden Library's collection of rare books and other items of scholarly importance. In August 2019, he will leave the US to teach English in Ukraine for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    Chris Carden (1)

    Chris Carden served as a metadata librarian for the Biodiversity Heritage Library at the Ernst Mayr Library at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

    Chris Freeland (30)

    Chris Freeland served as the BHL Technical Director from 2006-2012. He is currently the Director of the Open Libraries program at Internet Archive. In this capacity he works with libraries & publishers to digitize their collections, working towards the Archive’s mission of providing “universal access to all knowledge.”

    Christina Velazquez Fidler (1)

    Christina Velazquez Fidler is an Archivist at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology of the University of California, Berkeley.

    Christine Giannoni (2)

    Christine Giannoni is the Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections at The Field Museum.

    Clare Flemming (1)

    Clare Flemming was the Director (Interim) of the Library & Archives and Brooke Dolan Archivist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

    Colin Tong (1)

    Colin Tong is currently finishing a Masters of Environments with a focus in Environmental Science part-time. He is currently working in the fashion industry and is also a hobbyist artist who has a strong interest in traditional technical illustration.

    Constance Rinaldo (13)

    Constance Rinaldo is the Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library and Museum of Comparative Zoology Archives at Harvard University. She is currently the Chair of the BHL Executive Committee.

    Daniel Atha (1)

    Daniel Atha is the Director of Conservation Outreach at The New York Botanical Garden.

    Daniel Euphrat (1)

    Daniel Euphrat is a Digital Imaging Technician at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Danielle Castronovo (1)

    Danielle Castronovo is the Archivist for the Harvard University Herbarium, Botany Libraries.

    Daria Wingreen-Mason (1)

    Daria Wingreen-Mason is the Branch Librarian for the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex.

    David Bridge (1)

    David Bridge is a volunteer with the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) and National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). He retired from the Smithsonian with over 40 years of service, mostly in natural history and information management. He and several colleagues are currently researching the history of the development and usage of information technologies at the Smithsonian Institution.

    David Kohn (2)

    David Kohn is the Director of the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History.

    Deborah Paul (1)

    Debbie Paul is the Digitization and Workforce Development Manager at iDigBio.

    Diana Duncan (1)

    Diana Duncan is the Technical Services Librarian at The Field Museum of Natural History Library.

    Diane M. Rielinger (3)

    Diane M. Rielinger is the Digital Projects Librarian for the Botany Libraries of the Harvard University Herbaria.

    Diane Shaw (2)

    Diane Shaw is a Special Collections cataloger at the Smithsonian Libraries.

    Diane Wunsch (1)

    Dimitri Kambas (1)

    Dimitri Kambas is the Co-Founder and Editor of The Tarantupedia.

    Dr. David P. Warners (1)

    Dr. David P. Warners (MS, U. Wisconsin; PhD, Univ. Michigan). Dr. Warners now teaches in the Biology Department at Calvin. He works in the areas of Restoration Ecology, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Sustainability Studies and Faith-based Creation Care. His current research focusses on how to engage the local community to work together to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek Watershed. This work involves propagating native plants from local genotypes for use in habitat re-creations, as well as ongoing research on stream microbes, macroinvertebrates, flow dynamics, and overall water quality. He has also done work in prairie, forest, and wetland restorations.

    Dr. Elaine M Ayers (1)

    Dr. Elaine Ayers is a faculty fellow in the Program in Museum Studies at New York University. She works on the intersections between art and science in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her first book, Strange Beauty, explores the transformation of unsettling plants into illustrations, museum and herbarium objects, and paper technologies from tropical islands to the British and European public and scientific imagination, from museums to pornography. Ayers received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Princeton University and collaborates with Stanford University / Hamilton College’s Ad Fontes Nature / Natural Things Project. Her work has been funded by the Princeton University Art Museum; the Huntington Library, Art Collection + Botanic Garden; the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology + Medicine; the Yale Center for British Art; the National Science Foundation; and the New York Botanical Garden among other institutions.

    Dr. Garrett E. Crow (1)

    Dr. Garrett E. Crow (MS and PhD in Botany, Michigan State Univ.). Dr. Crow taught botany at the Univ. of New Hampshire and was Director of the UNH Herbarium. His botanical research has allowed him to conduct research both in North America and abroad, with field work taking him to various regions including: Newfoundland, Siberia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Tierra del Fuego. He is continuing his botanical interests working with D. Warners and Calvin students on the Emma Cole Grand Rapids Flora Project.

    Dr. Joshua Drew (1)

    Dr. Joshua Drew is an assistant professor of vertebrate conservation biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His work focuses on the intersection of human and natural systems.

    Dr. Maëlle Salmon (1)

    Maëlle Salmon, PhD in statistics, works as a research software engineer, writing and documenting R packages as well as blogging about them for work and for fun. Her background in biology and ecology mean life sciences are often the topic of her case studies!

    Dr. Robert Mesibov (1)

    Dr. Robert Mesibov is a (retired) millipede taxonomist and the author of the Millipedes of Australia website. He currently works as a data auditor and cleaner.

    Edward J. Valauskas (1)

    Edward J. Valauskas was the Rare Book Curator at the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is now retired.

    Elisa Herrmann (3)

    Elisa Herrmann (M. A. LIS) is the Scientific Head of Library Collections and Information Supply at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin since April 2019. She is responsible for the digital transformation of the library. This includes monitoring and coordinating digitisation projects as well the development of the library into a modern information infrastructure to support researchers along the whole research process. She brings her expertise and experiences from former digitisation and crowdsourcing projects within the library field and supports the museum to open up its collection.

    Elizabeth MacLeod (1)

    Elizabeth MacLeod is the Manager of Satellite Digitization Services at the Internet Archive.

    Elizabeth Meyer (13)

    Elizabeth Meyer joined the Ernst Mayr Library at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology as a project assistant in 2015. She digitizes and transcribes library materials for BHL, including the archival collection of American ornithologist William Brewster (1851-1919). With her background in biology, she enjoys promoting access to scientific information and writing blog posts to connect people to BHL.

    Elizabeth Smith (2)

    Elizabeth Smith is the Acquisitions and Cataloguing Officer at the Canadian Museum of Nature Library. Elizabeth joined the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2014 as Acquisitions and Cataloguing Officer. She is responsible for the library’s daily operations, including the selection and purchase of materials and resources as well as providing access to resources and reference services. She also plays a lead role in the library’s digitization initiatives. Prior to this Elizabeth served as Document Delivery & Research Services Technician at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa.

    Elsa Panciroli (1)

    Elsa Panciroli is a PhD Candidate focusing on the Origin and Early Evolution of Mammals at the University of Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland. You can find her on Twitter at @gsciencelady.

    Elycia Wallis (1)

    Dr. Elycia Wallis is the Manager of Online Collections at Museum Victoria and the lead for the BHL Australia program.

    Emily Ellis (1)

    Emily Ellis is a communications associate at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, VA, where she creates content for the foundation's blog and social media accounts. She holds a master's degree in Journalism and Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona.

    Erin Rushing (2)

    Erin Rushing is the Outreach Librarian at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Erin Thomas (8)

    Erin Thomas served as a Digital Collections Librarian at Smithsonian Libraries from 2009-2014.

    Esther Jackson (1)

    Esther Jackson is the Public Services Librarian at the New York Botanical Garden. She is on the Wikimedia NYC Board of Directors, a Chapter Leader for Girl Develop It NYC, and the organizer of Code4Lib NYC.

    Eveline V. Ferretti (1)

    Eveline Ferretti is the Public Programs and Communication Administrator at Albert R. Mann Library, where she has the pleasure of working with a library staff that is passionate about promoting knowledge and discovery in all subjects related to the life science and human ecology disciplines. An enthusiastic (though not always very successful!) gardener, Eveline has a keen interest in issues of agrobiodiversity and sustainable farming, and enjoyed learning a little more about Malus x domestica’s long and fascinating history while writing this post.

    Gemma Steele (2)

    Gemma Steele is a librarian at Museums Victoria, where she works with rare natural history books. She selects material and catalogues items for the BHL Australia Project.

    Gil Taylor (1)

    Gil Taylor is the Assistant Department Head of the National Museum of Natural History Library at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Gilbert Borrego (6)

    Gilbert Borrego served as a Library Technician at Smithsonian Libraries for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014-2013.

    Godard Tweehuysen (1)

    Godard Tweehuysen is an Information Specialist at the Naturalis Library of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

    Grace Costantino (449)

    Grace Costantino is the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library. In this capacity, she developed and manages BHL's communication strategy, oversees social media initiatives, and engages with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL.

    Grace Spiewak (1)

    Grace Spiewak is currently pursuing an M.S. in Library and Information Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and has an undergraduate degree in Classical Languages from Creighton University. She works for the UIUC Funk ACES and Veterinary Medicine Libraries as a Graduate Assistant. In this role, Grace provides reference services, develops research guides, and facilitates UIUC's contributions to BHL.

    Graham Higley (1)

    Graham Higley served as the head of Library & Information Services at the Natural History Museum in London, England.

    Gretchen Renee Stahlman (2)

    Gretchen Stahlman is a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Arizona (UA). She holds a Master of Science degree in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and she previously worked in United States and Chile as a Documentation Specialist for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. As a UA iSchool graduate student, Gretchen has participated in several projects exploring curation and cyberinfrastructure strategies for hidden or at-risk datasets in biology and astronomy, including assisting in development of the new “Astrolabe” repository and suite of tools for analysis and management of astronomical data. Gretchen also served as a Research Development Fellow in the UA Office for Research, Discovery and Innovation during the 2015-16 academic year. Currently, Gretchen is focused on a dissertation project that implements a mixed-methods approach to identifying indicators of potentially uncurated astronomical data in the scholarly literature. Overall, her work aims to provide deeper insight into scholarly communication and data practices in astronomy, situated within broader initiatives and discussions related to open science.

    Gretchen Rings (5)

    Gretchen Rings is Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections for the Marie Louise Rosenthal Library of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. She lives one block from Olmsted’s Midway Plaisance.

    Hans-Dieter Sues (1)

    Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues is Senior Scientist and Curator of Fossil Vertebrates in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His research interest include phylogeny and evolutionary morphology of late Paleozoic and Mesozoic non-mammalian synapsids and reptiles (especially non-avian archosaurs); patterns and causes of early Mesozoic biotic changes. He received his Master of Science from University of Alberta and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

    Hayley Webster (4)

    Hayley Webster is the manager of the library at Museums Victoria, where she oversees a rare book collection specialising in Natural History. She has worked on the BHL project since 2012, selecting material for digitisation.

    JJ Dearborn (24)

    JJ Dearborn (née Ford) is co-owner of the Makers Guild, Inc., a Design+Build firm focused on biophilic design solutions. Formerly, she served as the Digital Collections Librarian for the Biodiversity Heritage Library at Smithsonian Libraries and Digital Projects Librarian at Harvard University's Botany Libraries.

    Jack Ashby (1)

    Author and zoologist Jack Ashby is Manager of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. His work centres on engaging people with the natural world through museums. Jack’s book Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects, explores what museum specimens tell us about how evolution works; as well as discussing how natural history museums present a potentially unnatural view of nature. Jack’s zoological passion is the mammals of Australia, where he regularly undertakes ecological fieldwork.

    Jacqueline Chapman (1)

    Jacqueline Chapman is a Digital Collections Librarian at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Jane Pickering (1)

    Jane Pickering is the Executive Director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

    Jason Karakehian (1)

    Jason Karakehian is the Archivist for the Boston Mycological Club.

    Jennifer Harbster (1)

    Jennifer Harbster was a Research and Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress.

    Joanna Durant (2)

    Joanna Durant is the Metadata and Digitisation Officer for Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Library, Art & Archives. She is currently working on several projects within the organisation, including the digitisation of illustrations of Chinese plants and illustrations by women artists. Another aspect of her role involves digitising material for BHL, including the Mobile Museum logbooks and any scanning requests that come from individuals or institutions who would like Kew Library material made available online through BHL.

    Joe Coleman (3)

    Joe Coleman served as the Digitization Project Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Australia.

    Joel Richard (4)

    Joel Richard is the head of Web Services for the Smithsonian Libraries and the Technical Coordinator for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

    John Ososky (1)

    John J. Ososky is a museum specialist in the Osteology Laboratory for Vertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

    Jorrit Poelen (1)

    Jorrit Poelen, independent software engineer, lives and works in Oakland were he uses frugal methods to link and preserve biodiversity data.

    Judy Warnement (1)

    Judy Warnement is the Librarian of Harvard University Botany Libraries.

    Julia Blakely (7)

    Julia Blakely is a Rare Book Catalog Librarian at Smithsonian Libraries. She has undergraduate and master's degrees in art history from the George Washington University and a M.S., with a specialization in rare books, from Columbia University. For many years she was a lab instructor at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (formerly at Columbia) and currently serves on its William T. Buice Scholarship Committee. She is the Libraries' representative for the Smithsonian's Material Culture Forum. Julia wrote the bibliographical descriptions for An Oak Spring Flora (1997) and has worked with several other private collections.

    Julia Blase (2)

    Julia Blase served as the Project Manager for the Smithsonian Field Book Project at Smithsonian Libraries from 2014-2015.

    Julie Christianson Stivers (1)

    Julie Stivers is the author of The Presence of the Past: The Grand Rapids Public Museum at 150, and the history of Grand Valley State University for their 50th anniversary website. She was editor of an arts and entertainment magazine in Grand Rapids for ten years, and a freelance writer for many nonprofit organizations there. Her work on Emma Cole reflects her own amateur interests in botany.

    Kai Alexis Smith (8)

    Kai Alexis Smith served as a Virtual Marketing Intern for the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Fall 2013.

    Kam Wies (1)

    Kam Wies served as a Collections Management intern at Smithsonian Libraries and the Biodiversity Heritage Library in 2016.

    Karen Penders St. Clair, Ph.D. (1)

    Karen Penders St. Clair received her doctoral degree with the School of Integrative Plant Science, Horticulture section, at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) in 2017. Dr. St. Clair spent five years researching the archival papers of several notable Cornellians for her dissertation, Finding Anna: The Archival Search for Anna Botsford Comstock. St. Clair is an academic writer and archival researcher with a strong motivation to preserve, and elevate, the voices of the past.

    Kate Henderson (1)

    Kate Henderson is a master's degree student in conservation biology at State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

    Katherine Mika (1)

    Katherine Mika is a Data Services Librarian at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a former BHL NDSR resident.

    Kelli Trei (1)

    Kelli Trei is liaison to the Schools of Life Sciences: Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include investigating the information needs of scientists and the skills librarians must possess to meet those needs. Kelli received her B.S. in microbiology from Illinois in 1999, and her MLIS from Illinois in 2012.

    Kelly Jensen (1)

    Kelly Jensen is a Digitization Specialist at the California Academy of Sciences.

    Kelsey Manahan (1)

    Kelsey Manahan is a Library Assistant at the Academy Library and Archives of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

    Kendra Hurt (1)

    Kendra Hurt served as an Instructional Design Intern at the Smithsonian Libraries and the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Spring 2015.

    Kendra Meyer (1)

    Kendra Meyer is a Field Book Project Archivist at the American Museum of Natural History.

    Keri Thompson (1)

    Keri Thompson is the Head of the Digital Library Department at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Kevin Nolan (1)

    Kevin Nolan served as a Digital Projects Manager at The New York Botanical Garden.

    Kirsten Hostetler (7)

    Kirsten Hostetler served as a Marketing Intern at the Biodiversity Heritage Library in 2013.

    Kristen Bullard (1)

    Kristen Bullard is a Librarian at the Smithsonian Libraries.

    Laurel Byrnes (18)

    Laurel Byrnes is a Virtual Marketing Volunteer for the Biodiversity Heritage Library at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Lea Beiermann (1)

    Lea Beiermann is a PhD candidate at the History Department of Maastricht University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Journalism and a Research MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology. Her PhD project looks at how circulating microscopy artefacts helped connect microscopists across Europe and the US in the nineteenth century.

    Leora Siegel (5)

    Leora Siegel is the Senior Director of the Lenhardt Library, one of the treasures of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Its 150,000-volume collection encompasses resources on gardening, botany, plant conservation, and landscape design, in formats from rare books to e-books. Library initiatives focus on public engagement, collections, and collaborations.

    Lesley Parilla (13)

    Lesley Parilla is a Cataloging and Bibliographic Access Librarian at the Smithsonian Libraries. Previously, she served as the Cataloging Coordinator for The Field Book Project at Smithsonian Libraries.

    Lidia Ponce de la Vega (1)

    Lidia Ponce de la Vega is a Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies at McGill University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Gabino Barreda Medal) in Hispanic Language and Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies from McGill University. In her research, she explores topics of digital archives, archival practices, and decolonisation of online epistemologies in their intersection with ecocriticism and interspecies relationships.

    Madison Arnold-Scerbo (2)

    Madison Arnold-Scerbo was a Junior Fellow Intern at the Science, Technology, & Business Division of the Library of Congress.

    Mai Reitmeyer (1)

    Mai Reitmeyer is the Senior Research Services Librarian at the American Museum of Natural History Library.

    Maria Chiochios (2)

    Maria Chiochios served as an Outreach Impact Strategy Intern for the Biodiversity Heritage Library as part of the Smithsonian Libraries' Professional Development Internship Program in 2015.

    Mariah Lewis (6)

    Mariah Lewis is a Metadata Specialist at The New York Botanical Garden as part of the BHL Expanding Access project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    Marina Hunt (1)

    Marina Hunt is a volunteer in the library at Melbourne Museum and a postgraduate student at RMIT University. During her placement for the Master of Information Management, she was involved in multiple projects. This includes assisting in the digitisation of rare books and cataloguing of new books into the collection at the library.

    Marissa Kings (1)

    Marissa Kings is a BHL NDSR Resident for the "Foundations to Actions" project. She is stationed at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and her project, “Digital Library Best Practices Analysis”, focuses on identifying high value tools and services used by large-scale digital libraries which might be applied to the next generation of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

    Martin R. Kalfatovic (88)

    Martin R. Kalfatovic is BHL Program Director and Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Smithsonian Libraries. As the BHL Program Director, Mr. Kalfatovic functions as the executive director and manager of the international consortium of over 80 natural history, botanical garden, government, and university libraries engaged in the mass digitization of taxonomic literature. The position also serves as a key contact for government, NGO, and academic leaders at both the national and international level. Within his role at Smithsonian Libraries, Mr. Kalfatovic is responsible for the Libraries’ active Digital Library program. This program includes the creation of digital editions of library materials, online exhibitions, and new digital publications.

    Mary Sears (1)

    Mary Sears is the Head of Public Services at the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

    Matt Yoder (1)

    Matt Yoder is a Biological Informatician at the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Matthew Person (7)

    Matthew Person is a Technical Services Coordinator at the MBLWHOI Library.

    Megan Hazlett (1)

    Megan Hazlett is a graduate teaching assistant and master's degree student in fish and wildlife biology and management at State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

    Meghan Ferriter (2)

    Meghan Ferriter is a Senior Innovation Specialist with the National Digital Initiatives division in the National and International Outreach directorate at the Library of Congress. Prior to this, she served as the Project Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

    Meredith Wray (1)

    Meredith Wray received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from William & Mary. She is currently pursuing a master’s in library and information science from Rutgers University, with a concentration in archives and preservation. Meredith is from Richmond, VA.

    Michel Chevalier (1)

    Michelle Pinsdorf (1)

    Michelle Pinsdorf is a paleontologist and preparator in the Smithsonian Institution Department of Paleobiology. Her work as a fossil preparator involves the cleaning and preservation of specimens, so that they form a valuable pool of data for research now and into the far future. This includes preparing new discoveries for research, developing methods for preparing fossils, and the repair and restoration of specimens in need of care. Notes, sketches, and photographs taken as work is performed become an important part of a specimen’s data record, forming part of a chain of information as a specimen progresses from the field, to the lab, to the curated collections.

    Mike Lichtenberg (6)

    Mike Lichtenberg is the Lead Developer for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

    Minerva Castro Escamilla (1)

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    Ong Eng Chuan is the Senior Librarian at the National Library of the National Library Board, Singapore.

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    Richard Jones is the Transcription Coordinator for the Digitizing and Transcribing the John Torrey Papers Project at the New York Botanical Garden. Richard's responsibilities for the project include volunteer management, quality control of transcriptions, metadata, and uploading of transcriptions to BHL.

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    Susan Braxton has served as a librarian for the Illinois Natural History and Prairie Research Institute since 2006. In her current position, she provides support to Institute staff with emphasis on scholarly communication and publishing, repository services, and data stewardship. Prior positions included Science Librarian at Illinois State University and Technical Information Specialist for the Biological Control Documentation Center at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida, an M.S. in ecology from North Carolina State University, and an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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    Valentina Ly, a Fall 2018 intern at the Biodiversity Heritage Library. She is a graduate from the University of Alberta’s Master of Library and Information Studies program. Currently, Valentina is an Information Specialist and Research Assistant with Sinai Health System in Toronto, Ontario.

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