David Baxter

Biodiversity Informatics Manager

I received my Bachelor of Science in biology from McMaster University in 2010, and my Master of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool in 2013, where I studied, amongst more applied topics, human information behavior in the leisure activity of birding/birdwatching. I have been interested in herbarium data management since I first learned what a herbarium was during my undergrad, and have been working and volunteering in botanical collections ever since. I have worked as a digitization technician and curatorial volunteer for the Royal Botanical Gardens Hamilton's herbarium (HAM) and living collections, and as georeferencing technician and database analyst for the Royal Ontario Museum Green Plant Herbarium (TRT), the latter positions as part of the Canadensys Consortium.

I have been working at the University and Jepson Herbaria since 2013. I am the Technical Editor of the Consortium of California Herbaria and the Jepson eFlora, and the technical liaison for CollectionSpace, an open source collection management software currently in development at UC Berkeley IST and used to manage all of UC-JEPS's specimen collections. I also perform bulk data operations for the Herbaria's various specimen digitization projects, manage the Herbaria website, and provide IT support for Herbaria staff.


University and Jepson Herbaria
1001 VLSB #2465
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

(510) 642-2465