Dr. Schindel was trained as an invertebrate paleontologist and geologist (B.S. in Geology, University of Michigan 1973; Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, Harvard University, 1979). He was a member of Yale University’s Department of Geology & Geophysics and Curator of Invertebrate Fossils in the Yale Peabody Museum from 1978 to 1986.
From 1986-2004 he directed a variety of funding programs in the U.S. National Science Foundation (systematic biology research, natural history museum collection improvement, elementary school science education, interdisciplinary research centers). From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Schindel served as the National Science Foundation’s European representative, based in the US Embassy in Paris. He joined the Smithsonian Institution in 2004 as CBOL's founding director and he is the Principal Investigator of the Global Impact Award from Google Giving that supports the Barcode of Wildlife Project.
Mike has a Masters in Bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech. He has developed many customized applications for the informatics pipeline that moves barcode data from field collections to GenBank. Mike works with barcoding labs around the world to help them solve their barcode data management problems such as uploading their barcode data to GenBank.
Niamh was awarded her B.Sc. (Biology) from National University of Ireland (Maynooth, Ireland) in 2003 and her Ph.D. from National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland) in 2008. She joined the Smithsonian Institution in 2009 as Research Scientist for the U.S. National Science Foundation funded Porifera Tree of Life project. Niamh has recently joined the CBOL team as Lab Project Manager.
Tricia Fulks, as freelance multimedia journalist, has B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University and an M.A. in interactive journalism from American University. Prior to joining the team at Consortium for the Barcode of Life as its online journalist, Fulks served as editor at The Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Chronicle and city editor at The Martinsburg (W.Va.) Journal. Fulks is balso associate producer for an interactive documentary focused on the people and issues of McDowell County, W.Va., called "Hollow."
Kristin graduated from UCLA’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program with a B.Sc. degree and experience researching morphological trends in vertebrate paleobiology, but it is her love of web and graphic design that brings her to the Barcode of Wildlife project.