Administrative Assistant

Darolyn arrived from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she worked as a Curatorial Assistant for five years at the Marine Biodiversity Processing Center. She has traveled to Fiji to work on an Artificial Reef Matrix System project, to Palau for an Isopoda project and to Montana to dig up some Tyrannosaurus rex bones. Darolyn received her bachelor's in Women's Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her love of studying crustaceans is only surpassed by her love for eating them.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Karen is a computational phylogeneticist. Her research focuses on developing methods for inferring evolutionary trees, especially using large, complex data sets. She doesn't have a formal connection to any particular group of organisms, although she has been seen associating with plant biologists. One of her goals at BioSynC is to incorporate evolutionary information surrounding the Tree of Life into the Encyclopedia of Life.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jim is a broadly trained herpetologist (although clearly he is into turtles). He recently completed a postdoc in molecular systematics at the Joint Genome Institute following his PhD work in paleontology at U.C. Berkeley. Before that he studied geology at the University of Rhode Island. He is primarily interested in how human activities impact our ability to reconstruct natural patterns of reptile diversity (through extinction), distribution (through extirpation and exotic introduction), and phylogenetic relationships (through genetic pollution).

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jason received his doctorate from Louisiana State University. His research primarily focuses on the biodiversity of birds and their parasites, using them as a model system to examine the factors that promote the processes of diversification and speciation. He does active research in the field and in museum collections. The large amount of host-associate biodiversity data he produces will be made available on The Encyclopedia of Life.

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Biodiversity Specialist/Resident Artist

Alta is concerned with helping to make the knowledge about biodiversty that is available on the EOL more accessible to people from all walks of life by reaching out to people outside the scientific community.

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Web Development Intern

Maria has been with BioSync since the summer of 2009, helping to redesign and maintain the center’s website. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interactive Arts & Media at Columbia College in Chicago, a 15 minute walk from the center. Working at Biosync allows her to gain significant first hand experience in the field of front end design and development.

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