Executive Director of San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Previousy, DataONE Postdoc and NCEAS Associate
Thanks for visiting my page! I am currently the director of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, a small non-profit that focuses on local bird conservation, research and education.
Most recently, I finished a stint as a post-doctoral scholar with DataONE and an associate at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA. My work focused on promoting open science and data to the scientific community. My postdoc interests included working with citizen science projects to better facilitate widespread sharing and large-scale analyses of citizen-collected data. Check out our recent publication in PLOS Biology.
My previous research experiences include examining how terrestrial vertebrates respond to
increasing human influences in California (dissertation research), working with Save the Elephants in Kenya, evaluating predator interactions in Australia, and using Kickstarter to fund a pilot project in Alaska to study the importance of salmon to the local and regional ecosystem. Read about them here!
During graduate school, I finished a yearlong National Science Foundation GK-12 fellowship working with students from Watsonville High School on a program called SCWIBLES. Check out Resources for teachers to download some lessons! I have a strong interest in bridging the communication gap between scientists, policy makers and citizens. I have met with political leaders locally and in Washington DC numerous times to promote funding for scientific research and education.
Contact me! y.wang82 at gmail.com