Laura Russell

Laura Russell

VertNet Programmer
iDigBio Data Mobilization Specialist
Dyche Hall

Since September 2008, Laura has 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). Recently, she has begun working with the Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) to do the same. She maintains a close relationship with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to ensure accessibility to data and she works with all three 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, she shares knowledge with other communities in the interest of growing the content and quality of biodiversity data available online.


Thomer A, Vaidya G, Guralnick R, Bloom D, Russell L (2012) From documents to datasets: A MediaWiki-based method of annotating and extracting species observations in century-old field notebooks. ZooKeys 209: 235-253. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3247

Robertson T, Döring M, Guralnick R, Bloom D, Wieczorek J, Braak K, Otegui J, Russell L, and Desmet P. (2014) 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