Ramona L. Walls, Ph.D.

Senior Science Informatician, CyVerse Research Associate, BIO5 Institute, The
University of Arizona

AddressRamona Walls holding a painted cow skull

BioScience Research Laboratories, 214
1230 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721


(520) 626-1489




Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University
B.S. in Environmental Resource Management, minor in Horticulture, with Honors, with Highest Distinction, The Pennsylvania State University


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Roles and Research Interests

My primary responsibilities at CyVerse involve organizing things. As such, I work on initiatives related to data management and integration, metadata use and harmonization, and incorporating ontologies into CyVerse cyberinfrastructure.

I am the project champion for the CyVerse Data Commons, an ongoing effort to support users throughout the data life cycle and provide a space within CyVerse where data can live as a searchable, discoverable, and reusable resource. My research focuses on ontology-based data integration, ontology design, and identifier services for large and dispersed datasets.

Although my background (and first love) is in the ecology and evolution of plants, my work is not restricted to plant science and includes domains such as Space Object Behavioral Science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I am an active member of the biodiversity standards community, including TDWG (Biodiversity Information Standards), GSC (Genomics Standards Consortium), and the OBO Foundry.