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Orrell, Thomas

Deputy Director, ITIS

Does an index of global biodiversity allow for information to be connected?  Through my research and collaborative activities, I investigate making biodiversity and research information available and connected. I explore a virtual work space that networks scientists, tools, collections and research information, systems, and workflows in order to efficiently model and understand global biodiversity.

education and training

  • Ph.D. in Marine Science: Systematic Ichthyology, Molecular Systematics, College of William and Mary , School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, A Molecular Phylogeny of the Sparidae (Perciformes: Percoidei) 1993 - 2000
  • B.A. in Biology, University of Richmond 1983 - 1987
  • NMFS Systematics Laboratory , National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate 2001 - 2003