Across her career, Anne has focused her energy on leveraging science and technology to create environmental and social good. Prior to NatureServe, she was the Director of Innovation at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she focused on understanding innovative science policy approaches such as open science, citizen science, and open data. Anne is also invested in non-profit leadership, and was an early board member and Treasurer of the Citizen Science Association (CSA).
Anne’s commitment to biodiversity began in graduate school. As a Masters student at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, she used Social Network Analysis (SNA) to study major research institutions sharing biodiversity data. Her Ph.D. explored how Floracaching, a gamified mobile app for plant phenology data collection, might be designed to motivate new citizen science volunteers. Anne has published papers on topics including Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), and enjoys contributing a policy perspective to academic discussions.