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Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program and a Research Associate with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He is an established scholar in both the open access and altmetrics (social media metrics) communities. In his work, he uses computational techniques, surveys, and interviews to investigate ways of raising the scientific quality, global impact, and public use of scholarly work. 

Mehdi Aminipouri holds a Masters degree in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modeling and Management from Southampton University, UK. Upon completion of his Masters in 2009, Mehdi worked as a spatial data analyst for several private and public organizations including the National Research Center for Climate Change, Water Scarcity & Drought Management in Iran, the City of Vancouver, and Health Canada. Mehdi is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at SFU and also works as a Graduate Peer GIS Facilitator in SFU Library's Research Commons.

Rebecca Dowson is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at SFU Library.  She assists researchers at all levels in the areas of open access publishing, scholarly communication, and integrating digital methods and tools into scholarly practice.  Rebecca also manages SFU Library's Central Open Access Fund, which supports SFU authors who publish in Open Access journals that charge Article Processing Charges.

Dan Fornika received his B.Sc in Molecular Biology at SFU and his M.Sc. in Medical Genetics at UBC. He is currently a Project Leader at Fusion Genomics and a member of the SFU Scientific Computing Study Group. His interests include reproducible research and open-source software development. 

Jessica Gallinger delivers workshops on data management and consults with users to implement project-specific strategies for long-term data curation. Prior to this term position at SFU, she worked as the Systems & Data Services Librarian at Okanagan College (2015-2016) and as the sole librarian responsible for Data & GIS services at the University of Saskatchewan (2014-2015). She completed her Master of Information at the University of Toronto. Having held both NSERC and SSHRC awards as a student, Jessica has handled a variety of research data across disciplines. She joined the Research Commons team in July 2016.

Alex Garnett is Data Curation and Digital Preservation Librarian at SFU. At SFU Library, he works on initiatives relating to the new Research Data Repository, at the Public Knowledge Project, he works on new tools for automatic typesetting and rendering of scholarly articles, and at SFU Archives, he works on implementing digital preservation tools such as Archivematica and BitCurator. A fun party trick is to ask him how he feels about the H264 video codec and then run away before he can respond.

Carla Graebner is responsible for research data management support, including data curation, data management planning, data deposit in SFU Radar and providing access to data resources. As the SFU Government Information Librarian, she provides support in navigating and accessing government resources. She joined the Research Commons team in December 2014.  

Bruno Grande A biochemist by training, Bruno Grande made the switch to computational biology at the outset of his graduate studies at SFU. Currently, he's working with his supervisor, Ryan Morin, to analyze large cancer genome datasets and infer new knowledge about the biological processes involved in tumour initiation and progression. He's an advocate for open science and open data and looks forward to meeting you at the ResBaz!

Caitlin Havlak is a data journalist, analyst and developer dedicated to making complex issues more accessible and engaging to a broad audience. Caitlin has worked on a number of Discourse Media projects over the past two years, such as the Cost to Commute Calculator for Moving Forward and a deep data analysis into racial profiling in the Prairies in partnership with Maclean's magazine. Caitlin is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches data journalism and visualization. 

Kurt Heinrich  is the Director of University Communications at Simon Fraser University.  Prior to this role, he was the Public Relations Manager of the Vancouver School Board. He is Past-President of the Canadian Public Relations Society (Vancouver Chapter), Vice President of the Vancouver Street Soccer League and the Managing Editor of The Potentiality, a blog that aims to support and empower change-makers in our communities. 

Julie Jones is the GIS & Map Librarian and Librarian for Geography at SFU Library and assists researchers from across disciplines who use GIS in their research. Julie joined the Research Commons team in May 2015.

Michelle Jones is a PhD candidate in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU, where she studies fisheries science under supervisor Sean Cox. Her dissertation research is focused on the biological and economic ramifications of international fisheries that are managed independently by Canada and the United States, as opposed to cooperatively under negotiated treaties. Her research requires  modelling fish population dynamics, the behaviour of fishermen, and economics using a variety of government maintained databases, in addition to simulating potential outcomes under different management strategies.

Candice McGowan is the coordination manager at the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA). She runs an extracurricular visual analytics program for post-secondary students/faculty/staff, and also teaches visual analytics to industry professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and was a researcher in vision science for 3 years prior to joining VIVA in 2013. Candice believes that visual analytics can help us solve complex problems and make the world a better place, one decision at a time.

Ali Moore is a Research Commons Librarian and the citation management co-ordinator for SFU Library.  

Jason Priem is a cofounder of Impactstory, an open-source web app that lets you track the broader impacts of your research, and a doctoral student in information science (currently on leave of absence) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  His research focuses on how the web is transforming the way we disseminate scholarship, with a focus on altmetrics. Jason has contributed to and created several open-source software projects, including Zotero and Feedvis, and has experience and training in art, design, and information visualisation.

Alex Razoumov has a PhD in computational astrophysics from UBC. He has worked on numerical models ranging from galaxy formation to core-collapse supernovae and stellar hydrodynamics, and has developed a number of computational fluid dynamics and radiative transfer codes and techniques. He spent five years as HPC Analyst in SHARCNET helping researchers from diverse backgrounds to use large clusters, and joined WestGrid in 2014.

David Robinson has been the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers since 2014, and served 15 years as the Association's Associate Executive Director for research, communication, and international relations. Prior to joining CAUT, David was the senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canada's leading progressive think tank. He has also been a lecturer at Simon Fraser University and Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the author of a number of articles, reviews and reports on higher education and research policy, vocational education and training, and international trade and investment agreements. David is a member of the board of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and is past president of

Chad Skelton, an award-winning data journalist, is a consultant and trainer based in Vancouver. Chad worked as a data journalist at The Vancouver Sun until 2015. In 2014, Chad won an international Data Journalism Award for his portfolio of work in the previous year. His Tableau visualizations have been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Stephan Struve is a social science researcher at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, in the GeNA lab. He specializes in analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. Stephan has provided consultations and workshops to support the use of qualitative data analysis software for graduate students, researchers and faculty, as well as for independent institutions. Stephan received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, (2010) and has just completed his Masters degree at Simon Fraser University. 

Chris Tenove is a a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics and Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. His recent series, War is Just a Click Away, was developed as part of the OpenGlobal Project. The OpenGlobal Project, led by Taylor Owen and Chris Tenove, explores new ways to promote public and expert debate on urgent issues of global affairs. It is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and the Munk School of Global Affairs. 

Thea Van Rossum  is a PhD candidate in SFU's MBB department, where she studies bacterial genomics and freshwater microbiomes in Fiona Brinkman's lab. Through her research, she hopes to harness the power of bacteria to monitor for and recover from anthropogenic contamination of freshwater. Day-to-day, this involves dealing with millions of DNA sequences and dozens of environmental variables using bash and specialty software, before bringing it all together using R.

Jennifer Zerkee is SFU Library's copyright specialist. She provides copyright education and outreach to students, instructors, and staff, and supports the development of copyright procedures and best practices throughout the University.