Megan began working for ESIP in October of 2018. Prior to joining ESIP, Megan worked with Columbia University’s Lamont Geoinformatics Research Group, where she supported the IEDA Data Facility in data curation, application testing, project management, user support, and community outreach. She also helped manage a number of other initiatives (EarthCube RCNs, International Geo Sample Number, etc.) that focused on data and sample management workflows and best practices.
In her role as ESIP Community Director, Megan supports the efforts of the 30+ diverse collaboration areas within ESIP. She is passionate about lowering barriers to collaboration for these groups by fostering connections between people, information, and tools that enhance data and sample collection, stewardship, use, and reuse. In 2019, Megan will be participating in the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program, a year-long professional development opportunity for individuals like Megan who cultivate member engagement and collaborative relationships within scientific associations, research collaborations and other communities of scientists.