I have been working with canopy scientists to build databases that can be used for collaborative work. Our vision is to build databases of structure information and for particular shared research sites that can be made available to the community both for incluson in function studies and for further structual data. The internet plays a powerful role here for the scientists, as it is the medium by which we hope to help scientists download database tools and templates that will help them build common ground for structure-function studies. We have built two web-accessible information sources: 1) data profiles for the DOE Western Region Global Environmental Change Project researchers working at the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, and 2) a metadata registry system (in informix, with their web datablade), based on the H.J.Andrews Long Term Ecological Research Site metadata design. This work has led to the proposal for the canopy database project described above.
For 1989 through 1994, she was in residence at the Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI). There she worked with David Maier on how object technology could be used to support interoperability for high performance scientific applications (ab initio computational chemistry), research that was joint with the Environmental and Molecular Science Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). She earned her Ph.D. in 1995 from OGI.
Since returning to Evergreen, she started up a scientific database laboratory and has continued to teach the software engineering curriculum. The "Evergreen SciDBLab" aims, not only to conduct meaningful research towards improving the usability of databases and application interoperability in the sciences, but also to raise the level of undergraduate software "capstone" development projects. Domains of activity in the lab have included molecular biology, and geology and environmental science. The lab has ongoing collaborations with scientists and computer scientists at PNNL, OGI, University of Washington and University of Oregon.