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William Michener

eScience Initiatives

William Michener is Professor and Director of e-Science Initiatives at the University of New Mexico's College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences.   He serves as Project Director for New Mexico's National Science Foundation and Department of Energy EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Programs, and Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)'a large DataNet project supported by NSF.

Dr. Michener is involved in research related to creating information technologies supporting data-intensive science, development of federated data systems, and community engagement and education.   He has a PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Carolina and has published extensively in marine science, as well as the ecological and information sciences.

He serves on several Boards of non-profit organizations and has expertise in project management and meeting facilitation. He is Editor of Ecological Archives, Associate Editor for Ecological Informatics, and a member of the Editorial Board for Ecology.

Selected Publications


Michener, W.K. and J.W. Brunt.   2000.   Ecological Data: Design, Management and Processing.   Blackwell Science (Methods in Ecology Series), Oxford University Press, UK.   180 pp.

Michener, W.K., J.W. Brunt, and S.G. Stafford (eds.). 1994.   Environmental Information Management and Analysis: Ecosystem to Global Scales.   Taylor & Francis, London, UK.   555 pp.  

Michener, W. K. (ed.). 1986. Research Data Management in the Ecological Sciences. Belle W. Baruch Library in Marine Science, No. 16. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC. 426 pp.  

Recent Articles

Michener, W.K. 2015. Ten simple rules for creating a good data management plan. PLoS Computational Biology 11(10): e1004525. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004525.

Michener, W.K. 2015. Ecological data sharing. Journal of Ecological Informatics 29:33-44, doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.06.010.

Hampton, S.E., Anderson, S.S., Bagby, S.C., Gries, C., Han, X., Hart, E.M., Jones, M.B., Lenhardt, W.C., MacDonald, A., Michener, W.K., Mudge, J., Pourmokhtarian, A., Schildhauer, M., Woo, K.H., Zimmerman, N., 2015. The Tao of open science for ecology. Ecosphere 6:art120.

Kintigh, K.W., J.H. Altschul, A.P. Kinzig, W.F. Limp, W.K. Michener, J.A. Sabloff, E.J. Hackett, T.A. Kohler, B. Lud'scher, and C.A. Lynch.   2015.   Cultural dynamics, deep time, and data: Planning cyberinfrastructure investments for archaeology.   Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(1):1-15.   DOI: 10.7183/2326-3768.3.1.1.

Kintigh, K.W., J.H. Altschul, M.C. Beaudry, R.D. Drennan, A.P. Kinzig, T.A. Kohler, W.F. Limp, H.D.G. Maschner, W.K. Michener, T.R. Pauketat, P. Peregrine, J.A. Sabloff, T.J. Wilkinson, H.T. Wright, and M.A. Zeder. 2014. Grand challenges for archaeology. PNAS 111(3):879-880.  

Costello, M.J., W.K, Michener, M. Gahegan, Z-Q. Zhang, and P. Bourne. 2013.  Biodiversity data should be published, cited and peer-reviewed. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28:454-461.

Kervin, K.E., W.K. Michener, and R.B. Cook. 2013. Common errors in ecological data sharing. Journal of eScience Librarianship 2(2): Article 1.

Michener, W.K. and M.B. Jones. 2012. Ecoinformatics: supporting ecology as a data-intensive science. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27:85-93.

William Michener

Contact Information

Phone: (505) 277-2769
Office: 1312 Baseheart Dr SE