ELIZABETH ARNOLD

Bioversity International - Norwich Parc Scientifique Agropolis II,1990 Boulevard de la Lironde, 34397 Montpellier, France

Elizabeth holds a MSc in Biology and a Master in Scientific data management techniques and communication and is based at the Bioversity International Montpellier office. When she joined Bioversity, Elizabeth coordinated the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) and then, the CGIAR System-wide Information System on Genetic Resources (SINGER), the development of the Bioversity geospatial database for collected crop samples and since 2008, has led the Crop Ontology project of the Generation Challenge Programme developed with CGIAR Research Centers and partners. The Crop Ontology project is contributing to the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP) and to the newly NSF-funded project called Planteome, led by Oregon State University, US, that aims to develop a set of reference ontologies for plants. Elizabeth is co-Principal Investigator of the Planteome project. She was the chair of the 2009 conference of the Biodiversity Informatics Standards (TDWG), Montpellier. Elizabeth is the head of Bioversity’s delegation in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Governing Body and since 2012, a member of the GBIF Scientific Committee.