"(I love) Helping to make data more widely available and to see the amazing research that is done using the data."

Where did you grow up? Were you always interested in your current field?

Newport, Rhode Island, the home of the America’s Cup until it was stolen by Australia II. I grew up on the water and taught sailing at one of the local centres. As a teenager thinking of my life ahead, I chose to study ‘Physics and Physical Oceanography’ from a long list of degree options at my state university. At the time I thought this was a good choice for a career using math and science where I might be based around boats and the water. Little did I know that it would instead lead me to researching geodynamics of the Earth’s deep interior, travel half way around the world to Australia, base myself in the land-locked city of Canberra, and a career in data management!

 

Are you working from home? If so, how’s it going?

I have a lovely wild 3 yo at home so I am back in the office whenever possible - more peaceful and productive :)

 

Do you have kids/pets at home that are helping/hindering?

My daughter Wallis. Champion helper when it comes to playtime but not so helpful with data management… or not yet at least. Working on it!

 

What projects are you working on?

Lots! Big ones for my team though involve continual improvements to how to find and access the data holdings at NCI.

 

Why do you love what you do?

Helping to make data more widely available and to see the amazing research that is done using the data.

 

What is one specific thing that you have achieved (research or otherwise) that you are most proud of?

That’s a hard one. Most recently I became an Australian citizen! That felt very special. I have now forgiven Australia II.