I grew up on the shores of Huntington Beach, CA, and my interest in marine biology goes back as far as I can remember. After spending most of my adult life studying and working in the marine sciences, I jumped ship and became a data specialist with the libraries at Oregon State University in 2012. Being at Stanford and the Hopkins Marine Station now gives me the opportunity to combine my interests from both careers in a very special way, and I could not be any more thrilled.

Current Role at Stanford

My main goals are to:

1. support excellence in research by any means necessary, with physical and virtual library spaces and collections;
2. facilitate effective stewardship and curation of information and data generated by the research community at Hopkins Marine Station;
3. extend the preservation efforts of HMS archive collections to create actionable research products, thus broadening their utility and impact; and,
4. share the remarkable work of Hopkins researchers with our local community through meaningful engagement with diverse audiences.

I am responsible for the overall management of the Harold A. Miller Library. I make purchase decisions for books, journals, and electronic resources in the marine sciences. I help Hopkins residents find the information they need, procure documents not available on site or online, and provide instruction on use of physical and virtual library resources and spaces. I also provide research services, including consultations on data management, sharing and curation. I manage the Miller Library's web pages and Facebook presence.

In my role as Assistant to the Director of the Station, I help with fundraising, publicity, and tours. I also help manage content for the Station's web pages and social media feeds. Find me on Twitter @AWhitTwit.

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Oregon State University, Oceanography (2008)
  • B.S., honors, University of California, Santa Barbara, Aquatic Biology (2000)

Personal Interests

Sustainability, hiking, gardening, fiber arts, cooking

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Steering Group Member, Environmental Data Science (EDS) RCN, NCEAS (2021 - Present)
  • Representative, Cyamus Regional Group, Intl. Assoc. of Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries & Information Centers (2021 - Present)
  • Member, IAMSLIC Aquatic Commons Board (2016 - Present)
  • Member, IAMSLIC - International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (2016 - Present)
  • Member, DataONE Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Working Group (2016 - 2020)
  • Secretary, Cyamus Regional Group, Intl Assoc. of Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries & Information Centers (2016 - 2018)

All Publications

  • Water, Water, Everywhere: Defining and Assessing Data Sharing in Academia PLOS ONE Van Tuyl, S., Whitmire, A. L. 2016; 11 (2)


    Sharing of research data has begun to gain traction in many areas of the sciences in the past few years because of changing expectations from the scientific community, funding agencies, and academic journals. National Science Foundation (NSF) requirements for a data management plan (DMP) went into effect in 2011, with the intent of facilitating the dissemination and sharing of research results. Many projects that were funded during 2011 and 2012 should now have implemented the elements of the data management plans required for their grant proposals. In this paper we define 'data sharing' and present a protocol for assessing whether data have been shared and how effective the sharing was. We then evaluate the data sharing practices of researchers funded by the NSF at Oregon State University in two ways: by attempting to discover project-level research data using the associated DMP as a starting point, and by examining data sharing associated with journal articles that acknowledge NSF support. Sharing at both the project level and the journal article level was not carried out in the majority of cases, and when sharing was accomplished, the shared data were often of questionable usability due to access, documentation, and formatting issues. We close the article by offering recommendations for how data producers, journal publishers, data repositories, and funding agencies can facilitate the process of sharing data in a meaningful way.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0147942

    View details for Web of Science ID 000371218400011

    View details for PubMedID 26886581

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4757565

  • Implementing a Graduate-Level Research Data Management Course: Approach, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Whitmire, A. L. 2015; 3 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.7710/2162-3309.1246

  • Building professional development opportunities in data services for academic librarians IFLA Journal Conrad, S., Shorish, Y., Whitmire, A. L., Hswe, P. 2016; 43 (1): 65-80

    View details for DOI 10.1177/0340035216678237

  • Using data management plans to explore variability in research data management practices across domains International Journal of Digital Curation Wells Parham, S., Carlson, J., Hswe, P., Westra, B., Whitmire, A. 2016; 11 (1): 53-67

    View details for DOI 10.2218/ijdc.v11i1.423

  • Phenology of particle size distributions and primary productivity in the North Pacific subtropical gyre (Station ALOHA) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans White, A. E., Letelier, R. M., Whitmire, A. L., Barone, B., Church, M. J., Karl, D. M. 2015; 120 (11): 7381-7399

    View details for DOI 10.1002/2015JC010897

  • Variability in academic research data management practices: implications for data services development from a faculty survey Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems Whitmire, A. L., Boock, M., Sutton, S. C. 2015; 49 (4)
  • Data and code from: Variability in academic research data management practices: implications for data services development from a faculty survey ScholarsArchive@OSU Whitmire, A. L. 2015

    View details for DOI 10.7267/N9J1012R