Meet Juliana: Sharing data for science

Hi there, my name is Juliana. I am the new ATTO Scientific Data Manager working at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry.

I come from south Brazil where I studied Biology. I moved to Manaus in 2009 to pursue a Master in Ecology at INPA. That’s when I fell in love with the Amazon! Later, I earned a PhD in Natural Sciences at the University of Leipzig, where I investigated the effects of environment, topography and dispersal limitation in structuring Amazonian bird communities. Though I have been living in Germany for a while now, I continue to collaborate with Amazonian researchers.

Throughout my academic career I have also acquired experience in research data management. At INPA I got my first insights into the importance of metadata (data that describes data) and data sharing for science. For the last few years, I have supported individuals and institutions interpreting and implementing the FAIR Principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, Reusability) for research data management. My former working colleagues and I established a FAIR metadata data schema for Biodiversity Monitoring in Europe, using linked open vocabularies, persistent identifiers and machine-readable formats to allow data integration and reusability. At ATTO, I will guide researchers in managing their data throughout the entire research life cycle. My aim is to maintain a well curated and documented database, ensuring that all members of the ATTO community make the most of the ATTO Data Portal. I am happy to continue working in the Amazon with the amazing ATTO team, and totally excited to climb the Amazon Tall Tower for the first time!