Shane is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Biology and Society program in Manfred Laubichler’s lab working with the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative (GBCI) through the School of Life Sciences. He graduated from Johnson State College with a Bachelor’s in Biology and an emphasis on field naturalist studies. During the past several years he has worked as a research assistant at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, where he conducted vision research working with local elasmobranchs (Leucoraja erinacea), and worked with the summer Embryology Course at MBL.
Shane’s current projects involve network analytics examining relationships between large datasets of academic papers to assess impact metrics and the evolution of knowledge in the fields of engineering, theoretical biology, and evo-devo in order to improve predictive modeling techniques in research. He is hoping to further implement a complex system approach into historical analysis of research and development, and hopes to facilitate more constructive interactions between private R&D and academia/NPOs with regard to data availability for the purpose of knowledge-based research. He enjoys cycling, the outdoors, giving historical science tours, and spending free-time among friends.