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Sparkle Malone
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Discovering and collecting data of ecological unknowns in an accessible and transparent manner has become a key part of Sparkle Malone’s research. The realization that open science makes data and methods available and repeatable for others changed how she approached her work.

As an assistant professor in biological sciences, Malone examines impacts of climate change, wildfires and other ecosystem disturbances. She recently sat down with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis to discuss her experience and the challenges she faced.

Overall, Maolone’s goal for this process is to “provide the information required to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of natural ecosystems.”

See the full interview here.

This article first appeared in NCEAS on June 24, 2019.