Nathan Wilson Curator

Joined: May 22, 2008 Last Active: Nov 17, 2017

I'm the Director of the Center for Library and Informatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Director of the Biodiversity Informatics Component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). For the EOL I leads the technical team responsible for the software development and hardware infrastructure for the project. I am a software professional and an avid field naturalist specializing in fungi. Prior to coming to the MBL, I was a software architect and manager in the R&D department at DreamWorks Animation where I focused on collaboration tools and open source software. I have also worked for Digital Domain, Apple Computer and SRI International as well as some Silicon Valley startups. I have an masters in computer science from University of California, Santa Cruz where my thesis was on using computers to identify fungi and an masters in experimental psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. My interests in computers, fungi and citizen science has led me to create several mushroom related websites including the Mushroom Observer (

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