Luis joined the DPO in April 2018 to help enrich item-level records across all units of the Smithsonian. During his academic career, which went from searching for tropical frogs in Puerto Rico to listening to temperate and tropical soundscapes, he studied the way data and databases are used to analyze biological systems. Luis developed software packages to allow other researchers to analyze audio files as part of his PhD work at Purdue. From there, he managed and expanded a large spatial database of biodiversity information at Yale that was built from a variety of sources. Luis is now seeking to expand the tools and resources available for the collections to improve the data available on a massive scale.
Informatics Program Officer