Ontolog Forum

Ouida Meier

Ouida Meier is an ecologist and data addict currently working on informatics and cyberinfrastructure in the service of coral reefs at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii. Her Ph.D. (University of Georgia) and postdoctoral work (University of Charleston) focused on coral reef ecology, particularly in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. When Ouida subsequently worked at Western Kentucky University as a research scientist, she gained extensive experience in watershed work as well, including karst systems, and taught courses in statistics and data visualization, multiple areas of biology and ecology, and marine ecology field courses in the Bahamas and Belize.

Ouida has returned full-time to a deep fondness for coral reef work at the University of Hawaii, where she is serving as Program Manager for CRESCYNT: Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network, an EarthCube Research Coordination Network. Coral reef research is a particularly interesting use case for creating large-scale interoperability and cyberinfrastructure improvements because of its multidisciplinary breadth and its deep range of scales of space and time. Some challenges can only be met by having robust ontologies in place, so in addition to a general interest in ontological structure, visualization, and reconciliation, plus an interest in accelerating exchange and permeability between science and technology, Ouida’s current efforts regarding ontologies are need-driven.


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Recent/upcoming presentations:

Meier, OW, RD Gates, I Zaslavsky, GA Jacobs, Gates Coral Lab, Hawaii Coral Bleaching Collaborative, EarthCube CRESCYNT Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network. 2017. Cyberinfrastructure Workbench Solutions for Coral Reef Research: Challenges of Scale, Collaboration, Interoperability, Replication, Integration & Open Science. ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Assoc. for the Sciences of Limnol. and Oceanogr.

Couch, CS, R Ritson-Williams, OW Meier, Hawaii Coral Bleaching Collaborative. 2017. Addressing historic mass coral bleaching across the Hawaiian Archipelago. ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Assoc. for the Sciences of Limnol. and Oceanogr.

Gates, RD, MJ Donahue, EC Franklin, GA Jacobs, JD Lemus, OW Meier, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2016. CRESCYNT: Coral Reef Science and Cyberinfrastructure Network – Building data tools and resources for coral reef researchers with EarthCube. 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (abstract). Internat. Society for Reef Studies.

Meier, OW and C Johanson. 2012. Modeling riparian buffer restoration impacts on water quality in the upper Green River watershed of Kentucky and Tennessee (abstract). Ecol. Soc. Amer.

Relevant publications:

Anmala, J, OW Meier and A Meier, and S Grubbs. 2015. GIS and Artificial Neural Network-based water quality model for a stream network in upper Green River basin, Kentucky, USA. Journal of Environmental Engineering 141(5), 04014082.

Grubbs, SA, OD Meier, and AJ Meier. 2010. Assessing the influence of watershed-and reach-scale environmental variables on the speciose darter (Percidae: Etheostoma, Percina) assemblage of a central Kentucky (U.S.A.) landscape. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie 30 (10): 1482–1486.

Grubbs, SA, OD Meier, and AJ Meier. 2007. Longitudinal patterns of fish assemblages in small unregulated subbasins: evaluating reach- and watershed-scale parameters. Hydrobiologia 592: 211–223.

Porter, JW, WC Jaap, JL Wheaton, V Kosmynin, CP Tsoko, G Yanev, OW Meier, KL Patterson, K Hackcett, M Patterson, DM Marcinek, J Dotten, D Eakin, M Brill, M Lyabolt, KG Porter, and P Dustan. 2002. Detection of coral reef change by the Florida Keys Coral Reef Monitoring Project. In: J.W. Porter and K.G. Porter, eds., Linkages Between Ecosystems in the South Florida Hydroscape: The River of Grass Continues. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 749-769.

Porter, JW, P Dustan, WC Jaap, KL Patterson, V Kosmynin, OW Meier, ME Patterson, and M Parsons. 2001. Patterns of spread of coral disease in the Florida Keys. Hydrobiologia 460:1-24.

Porter, JW and OW Meier. 1992. Quantification of loss and change in Floridian reef coral populations. American Zoologist 32:625-640.