Much of our research relies on integrating information from multiple, large, ecological and remotely sensed databases. As such we are interested in the development and utilization of advanced computational tools for managing and interfacing with data.
The lab runs a Linux-MySQL database server that houses many of the most commonly used macroecological databases. We are working to make this technology more broadly available to ecologists by developing database toolboxes that automate the process of designing and configuring databases structures for major databases as well as downloading, cleaning up and installing the data for the end user. Development of these toolboxes is relatively slow at the moment, but we have a proposal submitted that, if funded, will allow us to concentrate more fully on this project. At the moment we have a drafts of toolkits for the Breeding Bird Survey of North America and the Mammalian Life History Database.