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Ramona Walls, PhD

Ramona Walls received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management and Horticulture at Penn State and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University. After a post-doc at the New York Botanical Garden working on the Plant Ontology, she joined the iPlant Collaborative, now CyVerse, where she led initiatives related to integrating, managing, and publishing big data. In 2018, Walls became an Assistant Research Professor in the Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on ontology design, ontology-based data integration, and management of large and dispersed datasets, with a focus on biodiversity and environmental data. In December 2020, Walls joined the Critical Path Institute as a Data Scientist specializing in Semantics, Ontologies, and Metadata, so she now works primarily with biomedical data. Walls is a board member and active contributor to the Genomics Standards Consortium. She is a founding member of the OBO Foundry Operations Committee and has contributed to many OBO ontologies.

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