Director of Research


One of the key strategies of the WHOI Ocean Informatics Initiative is to identify partners that complement each others needs and skills in the area of data science and informatics. Several of these partners can be found close at hand, in the Woods Hole Scientific Community. Others, such as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, allow us access to computer science and other skills that are not found locally.

RPI Tetherless World

The Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at RPI explores the research and engineering principles that underlie the Web to enhance the Web's reach beyond the desktop and laptop computer, and develops new technologies and languages that expand the capabilities of the Web. The faculty and staff use powerful scientific and mathematical techniques from many disciplines to explore the modeling of the Web from both network- and information- centric views. TWC goals include making the next generation Web natural to use while being responsive to the growing variety of policy and social needs -- whether in the area of privacy, intellectual property, general compliance, or provenance. The semantic escience/data-science research theme of TWC focuses on semantic data frameworks, next generation virtual observatories/organizations, semantic data, knowledge integration and knowledge provenance for science.

Woods Hole Science Community

The Woods Hole Scientific Community includes a number of research organizations in the Woods Hole area interested in employing informatics in effective ways. These include: Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, NOAA/NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR), Sea Education Association (SEA), and Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).

Together this group of organizations represents a rich coverage of science discipline, geographic areas of interest, organization types, data/information/knowledge products, and data types. It is this richness and variety and the concentration of researchers on this small peninsula that make Woods Hole an attractive location in which to do science informatics research. People with experience in these wide areas of interest, experience, and knowledge provide a tremendous user base for informaticians.

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

WHOI is also a Type II member (researchers and tool developers) of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). ESIP is an open networked community that brings together science, data, and information technology practitioners (

Last updated: May 28, 2015