Dr. Rachael Blake is currently the Assistant Director of Data Science, after joining SESYNC as a Data Scientist in 2018. She leads the data science team in supporting all aspects of the data and computational needs of SESYNC-funded teams. Rachael’s research focuses on biodiversity, community structure, and the impacts of multiple stressors in marine ecosystems. She also studies how changes in these ecosystems influence social and ecological well-being. Rachael uses data synthesis, as well as field and lab experiments, to test assumptions and hypotheses. In addition, she is interested in furthering open science and uses data science tools to improve workflows and reproducible research methods. Prior to her work at SESYNC, Rachael was a member of the ecoinformatics team at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She has also researched oil spill impacts on coastal ecosystems in Alaska and Louisiana and the effects of coastal development on seagrass beds in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. She received her PhD in Marine Science in 2012 from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary.