Champions Cohorts

As cohorts of research groups, scientists in the Openscapes Champions program develop skillsets and mindsets around open data science, strengthening culture and resilience in their research groups and beyond.

Learn about these Openscapes Champions and their exciting, impactful research on their websites below and through our blog and media.




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Sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (SASI).

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Sponsored in part and coordinated by NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC).

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Sponsored through NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and a grant from the Fisheries Information System Program through an award to UMass Dartmouth-SMAST through CINAR.

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Sponsored by Code for Science and Society (CS&S)

Participating teams:

  • University of California Davis — Kiva Oken’s research group
  • Kenai Watershed Forum — Benjamin Meyer, Maura Schumacher, and Galen Hecht
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada — Martin Jean and Alexandra Audet
  • University of South Florida — Nancy Williams’ research group
  • Tribes and the Exchange Network — Lydia Scheer, Angie Reed, Lisa Gover, Melinda Ronca-Battista, and Natasha Fulton
  • University of Washington — Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino’s research group
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill — Janet Nye’s research group
  • University of British Columbia — Cole Burton’s research group

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Sponsored by The California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (CSU-COAST)

Participating teams:

  • San Francisco State University (SFSU) — Karina Nielsen’s Coastal Ecosystems research group
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) — Ben Ruttenberg’s research group
  • Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) — Jeremy Claisse’s research group
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) — Alison Haupt’s research group
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) — Cheryl Logan’s research group
  • California State University Northridge (CSUN) — Nyssa Silbiger research group
  • California State University Northridge (CSUN) — Kerry Nickol’s research group

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Sponsored by NOAA, coordinated by Eric Ward and Mary Hunsicker
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northwest Fisheries Science Center)

NOAA NWFSC Cohort participants

Participating teams:

  • Conservation Biology division
  • Environmental and Fisheries Science division
  • Fish Ecology division
  • Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring division

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Sponsored by NOAA, coordinated by Scott Large and Gavin Fay
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northeast Fisheries Science Center)

NOAA NEFSC Cohort participants

Participating teams:

  • Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment group
  • Population Dynamics team
  • Protected Species Branch
  • Social Science Branch
  • Fay Lab, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • WHOI NES-LTER: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Northeast US Shelf Long-Term Ecological Research project

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Sponsored by Mozilla

Inaugural Champions Cohort, via Zoom.

Participating teams led by:

Halley Froehlich, PhDUniversity of California at Santa Barbara. A marine aquaculture & fisheries scientist studying global systems.

Allison Horst, PhDUniversity of California at Santa Barbara. A data science and statistics lecturer in an environmentally-focused graduate program.

Nishad Jayasundara, PhDUniversity of Maine. A physiologist studying organismal adaptation to their habitat & effects of external environmental factors.

Malin Pinsky, PhDRutgers University. An ecologist studying the impacts of climate change on ocean life.

Adrian Stier, PhDUniversity of California at Santa Barbara. A marine ecologist studying recovery and resilience of ocean ecosystems.

Nina Therkildsen, PhDCornell University. An evolutionary biologist using genomic analyses to improve marine conservation and fisheries management.

Chelsea Wood, PhDUniversity of Washington. An ecologist studying marine and freshwater parasites and infectious disease in a changing world.

Screenshot from Champions Summit 2019

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