Executive Director, Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA); formerly eScience Executive Director
Micaela Parker the Executive Director for the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA). She transitioned into this role after stepping down from her Executive Director position in February 2019 to work directly with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as the Program Coordinator for the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments. Dr. Parker joined the eScience Institute in 2014 as a Program Manager, job-sharing the position with Sarah Stone. Dr. Parker and Dr. Stone became the co-Executive Directors of the eScience Institute in September 2016. Together, Dr. Stone and Dr. Parker handled day-to-day eScience operations, developed research and training programs, participated in strategic planning, and served as the primary contacts for university and industry partners, funding agencies and the public. Dr. Parker also managed the budgets and had fiscal oversight of the Institute, working closely with University administration and eScience sponsors. Dr. Stone now works full-time as the Institute’s sole Executive Director.
Prior to joining eScience, Dr. Parker was a Research Scientist in the Armbrust lab in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. She has been involved in many large, interdisciplinary research projects bridging oceanography and genomics/(meta)transcriptomics of non-model organisms. Her research included experimental and bioinformatic approaches with emphasis on large-scale next generation sequencing applied to topics such as: algal physiology and metabolism, comparative functional and evolutionary genomics, marine microbial interactions, and the responses of marine microbial communities to their environment. Coming from a large data domain science, she appreciates the new data-driven world for all its benefits and challenges to domain scientists. She now enjoys facilitating research collaborations to help domain scientists navigate this fourth scientific paradigm.