Web and Database Coordinator
- (907) 474-6705
Alaska Sea Grant role
Coordinate and develop Web presence. Provide Web-based administrative services for faculty, administration, and federal funding agencies. Monitor online information and request content updates when needed. Provide primary technical desktop computer and IT support to staff. Encourage and monitor social networking efforts. Coordinate database development and maintenance. Joined Alaska Sea Grant in September 1993.
- B.A. Liberal Arts, 1989, Vermont College, Montpelier
- M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction, 2010, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Several seminars, workshops, and conferences on Web design, database development, and social networking
Website design and usability, search engine optimization, editing, online and print publication production, working with database users and developers, and rescuing houseplants.
Current and ongoing projects
Assisting with in-house development and implementation of various components of Alaska Sea Grant's comprehensive database system; continuing work on projects to redesign Alaska Sea Grant/MAP website and to incorporate dynamic pages from database system. Favorite ongoing project is the "Alaska Tsunami" website (Alaska's regional competition as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl).
Most rewarding contributions
- Working with staff to add high-quality and useful content to our website, such as recently creating research project Web summaries with a database-to-Web interface, a longstanding goal and major breakthrough. I also make sure our pages are highly accessible by search engines.
- I’ve been the coordinator of the "Alaska Tsunami" National Ocean Sciences Bowl website since spring 1999, adding competition results, art show results, and links to the teams and sponsors. Most importantly, in 1999 we decided to post the very first set of research papers written by the students, and we have posted all papers since. The Alaska NOSB site is rich in content, with comprehensive archives, and it is a huge service to students and coaches and anyone else interested in ocean sciences.
Selected awards and accomplishments
(shared with Publications Manager)
- 2003 gold award, electronic publication, for Boatkeeper online series, Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) Critique and Awards program
- 2000 gold award, technical publications, for Field Techniques for Chionoecetes Crabs, ACE Critique and Awards program
- 1997 gold award, editing for a technical publication, for High Latitude Crabs, ACE Critique and Awards program
- 1996 third place, for Guide to Northeast Pacific Flatfishes, NAGC Blue Pencil Competition
What I do when not at Sea Grant
Train sled dogs and compete in local sprint races, and write about skijoring. Write poems and nonfiction stories. Began gardening in summer 2012. Took up run/walking at age 54, and completed the Equinox Marathon in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Am currently training for the 2013 Equinox. Married to Sea Grant communications designer Dave Partee.
Selected (nonwork) publications
- Skijor With Your Dog. Second edition. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2012.
- "Defensible Space." The Northern Review 31 (fall 2009).
- "Elusive Lynx." Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2009.
- "Elusive Lynx." Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring & Summer 2007, "Hidden Alaska" special feature.
- "Dashing through the Snow." DogSport Magazine, January/February 2007.
- "Too Short a Road." Ice-Floe, Winter Solstice 2005.
- "The Other Side of the Tracks." Dog Talk, winter 2003.
- "More than Mushing." Dog World Magazine, December 2003.
- Skijoring: An Introduction to the Sport. 1988.