User:Velosa

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I am the Director of the Center for Library and Informatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the Director of the Biodiversity Informatics Component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). For the EOL, I lead the technical team responsible for the software development and hardware infrastructure of the project. I am a software professional by training as well as an avid field naturalist specializing in fungi. Prior to coming to the MBL, I was a software architect and manager in the R&D department at DreamWorks Animation where I focused on collaboration tools and open source software. I have also worked for Digital Domain, Apple Computer and SRI International as well as some Silicon Valley startups. I have a masters in computer science from University of California, Santa Cruz where my thesis was on using computers to identify fungi and a masters in experimental psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. My interests in computers, fungi and citizen science led me to create several mushroom related websites including the Mushroom Observer (http://mushroomobserver.org).