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Melissa Genazzio is the current CoopEUS (Collaboration between the EU and US) Staff Scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in the US. She focuses on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science Across Virtual Infrastructures (SAVI) initiative to bridge the gap between the US and EU Environmental Research Infrastructures (ERIs), promote information and infrastructure interoperability across research domains and manage associated contracted projects.
Additionally she is the Chair of the Strategic Cooperation Council (SCC) (the integration of CoopEUS Strategic Cooperation Board and Coop+ Open Board). The SCC works to ensure the seamless integration of the strategies developed within the COOPEUS project. The role of the SCC is to give advice, guidance, and direction on the integration process between research infrastructures in the environmental field on both sides of the Atlantic. Melissa works on international initiatives, interoperability, and collaborations.
Melissa Genazzio is an East Coast Transplant, saying a bittersweet farewell going from sea to summit. 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 The National Science Foundation. 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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