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Melissa Genazzio is the current CoopEUS (Collaboration between the EU and U.S.) Staff Scientist at NEON. She focuses on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science Across Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI) initiative to bridge the gap between the U.S. and EU Environmental Research Infrastructures (ERIs), promote information and infrastructure interoperability across research domains and manage associated contracted projects. She is the Chair of the Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC) (the integration of CoopEUS Strategic Cooperation Board and Coop+ Open Board). Melissa works on international initiatives, interoperability, and collaborations.
Melissa is an east coast transplant; Melissa earned her M.S. at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she studied variation in photochemical efficiency of Thalassia testudinum in response to repeated shading events using PAM fluorometry in Florida Bay. There she worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife to extrapolate mesocosm and in situ data over large spatial and temporal scales. Melissa has contributed to a multitude of projects relating to biological science, informatics, food science, biodiversity and ecosystem relationships, and anthropogenic impacts. Her diverse skillset includes operations, management, outreach, and community engagement to compliment her technical abilities. Melissa has worked in a wide range of institutions including, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Marine Biological Laboratory at WHOI, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, LUMCON, Mote Marine Laboratory, and NSF. Prior to joining NEON, Melissa was a Biological Science Coordinator at NASA working on the Common Metadata Repository and Global Change Master Directory.
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