Work History

Work History

Nov 2015 - Present
University of Florida Museum of Natural History
  • VertNet Programmer/iDigBio Data Mobilization Specialist

Sep 2008 - Nov 2015
University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute
  • VertNet Programmer
  • Research Informatics Analyst

Jan 1993 - Sep 2008
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
  • Applications Specialist: 09/07 to 09/08
  • Database Conversion Team Co-leader (special assignment): 01/06 to 08/07
  • Sr. Manager New Media Development: 07/04 to 08/07
  • Development Team Manager: 12/03 to 07/04
  • Computer Training and Development Manager: 07/98 to 12/03
  • Board Liaison (special assignment): 11/96 to 3/97
  • Computer Support Specialist: 07/95 to 07/98
  • Corporate Marketing and Sales Coordinator: 01/93 to 07/95



Sep 1987 - May 1992
University of Kansas
  • Bachelor of Science - Magazine Journalism
  • Bachelor of General Studies - Political Science


I am an accomplished database programmer and web developer with proven ability as a software
technician, as a
trainer and as an informatics analyst. Since September 2008, I have been providing data cleaning and data publishing support, including software installation and configuration, to institutions with biodiversity specimen collections to bring them into the vertebrate collections network (VertNet) and into Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio). Through VertNet and iDigBio, I maintain a close relationship with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to ensure accessibility to data and I serve as the VertNet Node Manager to GBIF. I work with all groups on ways to improve the quality of the data and advance the technological infrastructures for sharing and using data online for research.  Additionally, through outreach activities, I share knowledge with other communities in the interest of growing the content and quality of biodiversity data available online.

Core Competencies: database architecture; data integrity; data cleaning; data manipulation; data publishing; web development; training; reporting; documentation; business analysis; software installation and support.


 2015Data Sharing Data Standards and Demystifying the IPT
     Invited trainers, verbal presentations.
     Gainesville, FL and Ontario, Canada (January).
     González-Talaván, A.; Macklin, J.; Masaki, D.; Paul, D.; Russell, L. and Shorthouse, D.
Data quality, usage, and issue tracking using GitHub: the view from VertNet
     Invited speakers, verbal presentation.  iDigBio Data Management Interest Group.
     Webinar (April).
     Wieczorek, J.; Bloom, D. and Russell, L.
GBIF GB22 Nodes Training Workshop - Biodiversity Data Publishing with Sample-based Data
     Invited trainers, verbal presentations.
     Antananarivo, Madagascar (October).
     González-Talaván, A.; Noe, N.; Raymond, M.; Russell, L. and Smirnova, L.
Data Quality Feedback, Issue Tracking, Reporting and Collaboration Using GitHub
     Invited speaker, verbal presentation.
     GBIF GB22 Nodes Information and Collaboration Fair.
     Antananarivo, Madagascar (October).
     Russell, L.
 2013Data Publishing and Data Cleaning Workshop
     Invited trainers, verbal and video­-taped presentations.
     Workshop funded by JRS Foundation.
     Nairobi, Kenya (February).
     Braak, K., Otegui, J., Russell, L., and Wieczorek, J.
VertNet and Data Publishing
     Invited speaker, virtual presentation. Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop.
     Boulder, CO (June)
     Russell, L.
 2011GBIF GB18 Nodes Training Workshop - Data standards and data publishing
     Invited trainers, verbal and video­taped presentations.
     Buenos Aires, Argentina  
     Romer, M.; Russell, L. and Wieczorek, J.
 2010Data Publication with IPT and Darwin Core Archives.
     Invited speakers, verbal presentation. GBIF North American Nodes Meeting.
     Guelph, Ontario, Canada (August).
     Desmet, P. and Russell, L.

The Return of FishNet
     Poster Presentation. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
     Providence, RI (July)
     Bentley, A.; Bart, H.; Wiley, E.; Vieglais, D.; Rios, N.; Russell, L. and Djihbrihou, A.
Data Publishing Tools and Integrated Publishing Toolkit
     Invited speaker/trainer, verbal presentations.  Canada-California Strategic Innovation
     Partnership (CCSIP) Darwin Core/IPT Workshop. Berkeley, CA (March).
     Russell, L.
NBII and GBIF Tools and Services
     Invited speakers, verbal presentation. US Virtual Herbarium Workshop.
     St. Louis, MO (February).
     Palanisamy, Giri and Russell, L.

VertNet: The Next Step in Biodiversity Informatics Revolution for Herpetology
and Ichthyology.
     Poster Presentation.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
     Portland, OR (July).
     Constable, H.; Spencer, C.; Wieczorek, J. and Russell, L.
VertNet: The Next Step in the Biodiversity Informatics Revolution.
     Poster Presentation.  eBiosphere, London, England (June).
     Constable, H.; Spencer, C.; Wieczorek, J. and Russell, L.

Presentations cont'd

 2009VertNet: The Next Step in the Biodiversity Informatics Revolution for Natural
History Museums.
     Invited speaker, verbal presentation by Constable, H.  Assoc. of Southeastern Biologists.
     Birmingham, AL. (April).
     Constable, H.; Wieczorek, J. and Russell, L.
 2008Managing online access to biodiversity data and providing opportunities for collaboration and co-development.  Invited speakers, verbal presentation. NBII Developers’ Conference.
     Denver, CO (December).
     Constable, H. and Russell, L.
 2004Real-time credit card processing.
     Invited speaker, verbal presentation.  National Association Management Software (AMS)
     Users Group Meeting. Reston, VA. (October)
     Russell, L.


 2014Robertson, T.; Döring, M.; Guralnick, R.; Bloom, D.; Wieczorek, J,; Braak, K.; Otegui, J.;
     Russell, L. and Desmet, P.
     The GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit: Facilitating the Efficient Publishing of Biodiversity
     Data on the Internet.
     PLoS ONE 9(8): e102623. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102623
 2012Thomer, A.; Vaidya, G.; Guralnick, R.; Bloom, D. and Russell, L.
     From documents to datasets: A MediaWiki based method of annotating and extracting
     species observations in century­ old field notebooks.
     ZooKeys 209: 235­253. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3247
 2000Protect your computer from power surges - GCSAA Newsline; June, Vol. 5, No. 6
 Add computer to spring cleaning list - GCSAA Newsline; May, Vol. 5, No. 5
 Internet access offers number of advantages - GCSAA Newsline; February, Vol. 5, No. 2
 1999Disaster planning for Y2K - GCSAA Newsline; December, Vol. 4, No. 12
 Countdown to Y2K - GCSAA Newsline; November, Vol. 4, No. 11
 Optimizing computer performance part II - GCSAA Newsline; September, Vol. 4, No. 9
 Optimizing computer performance - GCSAA Newsline; August, Vol. 4, No. 8
 Computer purchases: Know what fits your needs - GCSAA Newsline; June, Vol. 4, No. 6
 GCSAA working to ready headquarters for 2000 - GCSAA Newsline; January, Vol 4, No. 1
 1989Penn House Meets Diverse Needs - Lawrence Journal World; October 12


 2015GB22 Global Nodes Meeting - Antananarivo, Madagascar (Oct. 6-7)
 2012iDigBio IT Standards Workshop - Gainesville, FL (Mar. 28-­30)

TDWG 2011 Annual Conference - New Orleans, LA (Oct. 17­-21)
Integrated Publishing Toolkit 2.0 Helpdesk Experts Workshop - 
     Copenhagen, Denmark (June 20­-22 )

Conferences/Seminars cont'd

 2010TDWG 2010 Annual Conference - Woods Hole, MA (Sept. 27-Oct. 1)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) North American Node meeting -
     Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Aug. 11-12)
Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership (CCSIP) Darwin Core/IPT Workshop
     Berkeley, CA (March 13-14)
US Virtual Herbarium Workshop - St. Louis, MO (Feb. 23-25)

TDWG 2009 Annual Conference - Montpellier, France (Nov. 9-13)
Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) Helpdesk Experts Workshop  -
     Copenhagen, Denmark (Sept. 14-16)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) North American Node meeting -
     Herndon, VA (Apr. 22-24)
NBII Developers Conference - Denver, CO (Dec. 1-5)
 What If? - Dr. Steve Robbins, Lawrence, KS (Aug. 25)
 2007   Diversity in the Workplace - Dr. Steve Robbins, Lawrence, KS (Dec. 5)
 2006Diversity Training - Loretta Summers, Lawrence, KS (Oct. 3, 5)

National Association Management Software (AMS) Users Group Meeting -
     Reston, VA (Oct. 20-22)
 SQL Advanced Querying - ElementK (May 17)
 Roles and Skills for Supervisory Success - Center for Business and Technology,
     Lawrence, KS (Jun. 1)
 2003National AMS Users Group Meeting - Herndon, VA (Oct. 15-17)
 Excelling as a First Time Supervisory - National Seminars, Overland Park, KS (Apr. 10)
 2002National AMS Users Group Meeting - Herndon, VA (Oct. 23-25)
 Citrix Metaframe for Windows Administration - New Horizons, Denver, CO (Aug. 19-23)
 2001Citrix iForum - Orlando, FL (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1)
 Problem Solving - Center for Business and Technology, Overland Park, KS (Mar. 14-15)
 2000National AMS Users Group Meeting - Reston, VA (Oct. 18-20)
 Seybold San Francisco Web and Print Publishing Conference (Aug. 27 - Sep. 1)
 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - Franklin Covey, Lawrence, KS (May 23-25)
 Mastering Access 97 Development - New Horizons, Overland Park, KS (Apr. 17-20)
 1999National AMS Users Group Meeting - Reston, VA (Oct. 6-8)
 Fast Track to ColdFusion - Allaire, Overland Park, KS (Sep. 13-15)
 1998National AMS Users Group Meeting - Reston, VA (Oct. 22-23)
 American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) International Conference and
     Exposition - San Francisco, CA (June 2-6)
 MS Access 97 Programming - Productivity Point, Overland Park, KS (Mar. 19-20)
 1997ASTD International Conference and Exposition - Washington, D.C. (May 18-22)
 1996ASTD International Conference and Exposition - Orlando, FL (May 30 - Jun. 4)