Invited Speakers

Stay tuned for this year’s invited speakers!

16th annual OCIB symposium:

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Kathleen Weathers

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, President Elect of the Ecological Society of America

Headshot of Dr. Kathleen Weathers

Dr. Kathleen C. Weathers is the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Chair in Ecology and Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, USA. She received her master’s degree from Yale University and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Dr. Weathers will serve as the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) President in 2020-2021. She is co-chair Emerita (2010-2019) of the grassroots Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON;, and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Weathers investigates ecosystems around the world focusing on carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and other elemental cycling. Much of her research is focused on air-land-water interactions and understanding how biology influences geochemical cycles (e.g., how lake cyanobacteria affect nutrient cycles, trees influence nitrogen cycling, or how fog and ecosystems interact) at the spatial scale of landscapes and in the face of global environmental change. She is the author of more than 140 peer reviewed papers and books on ecosystem science and landscape heterogeneity. Dr. Weathers also works at the interface of science and citizen science focusing on lakes and watersheds. She and colleagues have co-developed, with citizen scientists, cyberinfrastructure, and an app for worldwide lake data collection ( She is volunteer research director for the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (an outreach and education organization: and chair of their scientific advisory committee.

Pub Talk

Dr. Dominique Roche

Photo of Dr. Dominique Roche holding a fish

Dom Roche is a postdoctoral researcher in the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab at Carleton University and an active member of the open science community. He is an ambassador for the data repository Figshare and the Center for Open Science, and publishes regularly open science-related topics, namely on public data sharing. His work on open data has focused on increasing awareness and facilitating dialogue among scientists, journal editors and the public with respect to the importance of archiving primary research data while highlighting areas of current practice in need of improvement. Read a short profile piece on Dom by Figshare here: