Wilson Center Experts
Elizabeth is a New Projects Manager/Researcher in the Science and Technology Innovation Program. She co-directs the Commons Lab and scouts and maintains new collaborations and conducts original research exploring the uses of citizen science in domestically and abroad. She, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, successfully pulled of Washington, D.C's first ever Science Hack Day. Elizabeth reviews and edits publications on citizen science and crowdsourcing including Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective, Typology of Citizen Science from an Intellectual Property Perspective and Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science and the Law.
She is passionate about environmental conservation and captivated by the potential of citizen science, design and technology as a tool for furthering civic participation, public understanding of science and diverse stakeholder collaboration and cooperation.
Elizabeth has a dual-degree M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University and El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico, and a B.A. in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Her thesis work concentrated on the application of a mobile system (Open Data Kit) for community based natural resource monitoring on coffee farms buffering El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra Madre, Chiapas. This work was carried out with the support of Google.org and local Mexican NGO's. More information on this research can be found here.
Other research interests include: ICT4D, Environment, Human-Centered Design, Community Based Natural Resrouce Management, Geographic Information Systems, Ecology, Big Data Visualization, Adventuring.