Our team was extraordinarily lucky to receive a large number of applications from terrific job candidates! Wow. Not only did they have great scientific credentials, but many of them spoke multiple languages and had broad international experience!
Kara Woo will be our new Information Manager for the project. She’ll be making sure that the diverse data being collected are easily shared, and responsibly archived, and helping us with logistics (such as managing the routine of getting the collaborators to make blog contributions!). She is finishing her Bachelors degree at Brown University, and will join us in June 2012. She has already worked with diverse data management challenges as an undergraduate, and has been deeply immersed in learning Russian language and culture since she was 11 years old! It seems like she has been training for this specific position over the past 10 years!…
Derek Gray is a new Baikal Dimensions postdoc, working with me here at NCEAS. Derek did his Masters with Hugh MacIsaac, researching Lake Superior invasive species in ship ballast. I first met Derek on that project because he was working closely with my good friend Ian Duggan, who was a postdoc with Hugh at the time. (Ian and I met as grad students, and have long had a competition over numbers and citation rates of our papers… I am not going to say who’s winning right now!) Derek went on to do his Ph.D. in Shelley Arnott‘s lab, looking at the roles of dispersal and environmental conditions in determining zooplankton community composition. I have frequently been mistaken as Shelley’s doppelganger, so hopefully Derek doesn’t find this too traumatizing.
Marianne just found out that Ted Ozersky accepted the Wellesley College postdoc position, and we are really excited to welcome him to the project. He has experience working on the North American Great Lakes, and speaks fluent Russian!