Stace E. Beaulieu

Senior Research Specialist

Indicators and informatics for marine ecosystems

I coordinate WHOI’s Ocean Informatics initiative and serve as WHOI's representative to the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). I am particularly interested in data access (e.g., accessing heterogeneous and distributed data about the marine environment) and data provenance (i.e., lineage and/or processing involved to produce oceanographic data products).

A Computational and Analytic Laboratory for Modeling and Predicting Marine Biodiversity and Indicators of Sustainable Ecosystems

I am co-PI on a project funded by the NSF CyberSEES Program, with collaborators Peter Fox (RPI) and David Mark Welch (MBL). The WHOI team is led by Heidi Sosik. This research effort brings together computational and information scientists, oceanographers and microbiologists to develop a Marine Biodiversity Virtual Laboratory (MBVL).

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ECO-OP: Cyberinfrastructure for marine Integrated Ecosystem Assessments

I was co-PI on this NSF-funded project led by Peter Fox (RPI).

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To develop cyberinfrastructure for IEAs in a tight collaboration between academic and government scientists and software developers, we utilized RPI’s Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) Semantic Web Methodology, in which a “use case” defines the interactions between the people, the software, and the desired data products. We initiated use cases for IEAs for large marine ecosystems on the Pacific (California Current) and Atlantic (Northeast U.S. Shelf) coasts, and ultimately focused on two use cases in a partnership with the Ecosystem Assessment Program at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

Beaulieu SE, Fox PA, Di Stefano M, Maffei A, West P, Hare JA, Fogarty M (2017) Toward cyberinfrastructure to facilitate collaboration and reproducibility for marine Integrated Ecosystem Assessments. Earth Science Informatics, 10(1), 85-97, doi: 10.1007/s12145-016-0280-4

• Ma X, Beaulieu SE, Fu L, Fox P, Di Stefano M, West P (2017) Documenting provenance for reproducible marine ecosystem assessment in open science. In: Diviacco P, Leadbetter A, Glaves HM (eds) Oceanographic and marine cross-domain data management for sustainable development. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 100-126, doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0700-0.ch005

Presentation at the 2013 NOAA Environmental Data Management Workshop:Data and workflow provenance for traceability, reproducibility, and scalability in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments"
Presentation at 2013 AGU Fall Meeting: "Provenance for actionable data products and indicators in marine ecosystem assessments
Presentation at 2014 Ocean Sciences meeting "Why we need a semantic web framework for marine ecosystem indicators"

Interdisciplinary informatics in cooperation with USGS for decision support systems and policy

I am co-PI on this project with the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program. As science support for decision making and policy development becomes more important (e.g., for regional marine planning), both WHOI and USGS need to improve capabilities for cataloging data, making these data available to stakeholders and as inputs to and constraints for computer models, and relating these data to derived data products. I provide domain expertise for the development of informatics frameworks that include controlled vocabularies and ontologies, data provenance and attribution, traceable workflows, and more, to support the inter-disciplinary application of these data. A current project is in collaboration with Peter Fox (RPI) for the National Ocean Council Vocabulary.

Last updated: February 24, 2017