How I Work Open: Nicole Baker

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Nicole Baker
Research Scientist, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science
Photo credit: Berett Wilber/KUCB

How would you describe your research?

I currently work as a research scientist in a fisheries lab, where I support data collection efforts for a variety of questions about global fisheries. I did my Master’s thesis in Puerto Rico on the status of the conch fishery there. Conch is eaten by a lot of people in the Caribbean, so it’s important to do periodic underwater surveys of things like conch size and number to get a sense of how well the population is doing.

What kind of open work do you do?

I’m an ambassador for MarXiv, which is a free online research repository for the ocean and marine-climate sciences. In that role I give workshops that detail the problems and challenges that the current for-profit publishing system presents, and explain how Marxiv is a resource for addressing those challenges. Continue reading