Julia Stewart Lowndes

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Julia Stewart Lowndes is a marine ecologist and advocate for the open science movement and kinder, better science.[1][2] The focus of her work is promoting openness to data in the scientific community, and helping fellow researchers learn how to work with open data and the processes surrounding it.[3][4] She seeks to use this method to promote scientific communities and research.[5][2]

Career and experience[edit]

Stewart Lowndes is the founder and co-director of Openscapes, a mentorship program that teaches researchers how to use data and code in their labs, work with open-source software, and network with peers in the same field.[6] She also is an instructor for The Carpentries, as well as the co-founder of the groups Eco-Data-Science and R-Ladies Santa Barbara.[2] Lowndes was a Mozilla Fellow.[3] She has led the Ocean Health Index science program in the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, where she currently works.[6][1] Lowndes frequently speaks at conferences regarding the use of data in science and the promotion of open scientific communities, recently including SORTEE and Cascadia R Conference.[7][2]


She received her PhD from Stanford University.[5] Her dissertation, completed in 2012, was on the Humboldt squid; she observed the drivers and impact of the species with relation to the changing climate.[8][5][9]


  1. ^ a b ".rprofile: Julia Stewart Lowndes". ropensci.org. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  2. ^ a b c d CascadiaRConf. "Julia Stewart Lowndes". CascadiaRConf. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  3. ^ a b "Apply for a Mozilla Fellowship | The Mozilla Blog". blog.mozilla.org. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  4. ^ Powell, Kendall (2020-02-03). "Tech tools to make research more open and inclusive". Nature. 578 (7793): 181–182. Bibcode:2020Natur.578..181P. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-00216-z. PMID 32015517. S2CID 211006136.
  5. ^ a b c "Mozilla Pulse". Mozilla Pulse. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  6. ^ a b Mozilla (2019-01-29). "Announcing Openscapes: Open Science is Better Science". Read, Write, Participate. Retrieved 2021-11-24.
  7. ^ ML. "Julia Stewart Lowndes". SORTEE. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  8. ^ Julia Stewart Lowndes (2012), Humboldt Squid In The Northern California Current System (Doctoral thesis), Wikidata Q113393038
  9. ^ Perkel, Jeffrey M. (2018-08-20). "A toolkit for data transparency takes shape". Nature. 560 (7719): 513–515. Bibcode:2018Natur.560..513P. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05990-5. PMID 30127481. S2CID 52050760.

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