Researching undiscovered diversity using big data
The diversity and informatics team works across the Museum to support a range of digital and data science activities, including the digitisation of Museum collections and development of the Museum's Data Portal, making the collections and research data available to a global audience.
Much of our work leverages the Museum's digital skills, infrastructure and collections to link up global collections data, addressing some of the big biodiversity challenges facing science and society.
In addition to the core informatics group, the division is home to the:
- Purvis and Palma Lab, predicting the impacts of environmental change on the natural world
- Vogler Lab, developing genomic approaches to characterise complex communities; research on microbial diversity and phylogenetic modelling
- Museum's Molecular Collections Facility, headed by Jackie Mackenzie Dodds.
The diversity and informatics team
Diversity and informatics staff
- Dr Vincent Smith, Research Leader Informatics; Head of Division
- Ginger Butcher, Software Engineer
- Lisa French, Data Analyst
- Josh Humphries, Technical Lead
- Paul Kiddle, Software Engineer
- Mr Ben Scott, Technical Lead
- Matt Woodburn, Science Data Architect
- Sarah Vincent, Data Analyst
- Jacqueline Mackenzie-Dodds, Molecular Collections Facility Manager
- Heather Allen, Molecular Sample Curator Darwin Tree of Life
- Kirsty Lloyd, Technician, BBSRC Molecular Collection
- Georgia Ward, Postdoctoral Researcher, GCRF Global Seaweeds