Amber Budden

Data Stewardship Committee Chair

Amber Budden is the Director of Learning and Outreach at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis where she leads the NCEAS Learning Hub and short course activities. She is an open science facilitator, community manager and data literacy trainer and serves as a co-lead on several projects, including DataONE, a community-networked infrastructure supporting Earth and environmental scientists in their data management, preservation, search and discovery needs. An advocate for open and transparent science, Amber previously conducted research on article publication practices before working in the open data landscape. In her current roles, Amber supports the community in using open science infrastructure and leads training and outreach activities focused on best practices for data management.

Amber has a PhD in behavioral ecology and has conducted postdoctoral research on avian sexual selection and life-histories at the University of California Berkeley in addition to bibliometrics research at NCEAS. Amber has held teaching positions at the University of Toronto and York University in Canada and she has worked in outreach and publications within the non-profit sector. She is currently a principal investigator on several cyberinfrastructure awards including DataONE the Arctic Data Center and the Permafrost Discovery Gateway; is Chair of the ESIP Data Stewardship Committee; Member of the Make Data Count team; Advisory Board member for the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement; and was a board member of the National Postdoctoral Association.

Amber holds a PhD in Behavioral Ecology from the University of Wales, a Joint Honors BSc in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Bristol and qualification in youth and community work.