STEVEN J. BASKAUF
Data Science and Data Curation Specialist
Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries
Nashville, TN 37235
Ph.D. in biology, December 1999 under the direction of David E. McCauley.
Thesis title: Factors affecting the distribution and abundance of the southwestern corn borer, Diatraea grandiosella, in the central United States
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
BA in chemistry and biology, 1982.
Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio.
Data Science and Data Curation Specialist. Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. I work in the Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications Office (2018 – present)
Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (course: Introduction to Biological Sciences Laboratory 1510L, 1511L, and 1512L). Supervised labs covering ecology, genetics, and cellular, molecular, and organismal biology. Developed and revised laboratory exercises. Created print and web-based teaching materials. Prepared pre-lab lectures, personally assisted students, wrote assignments and online tests, supervised 3 staff members and 12 or more TAs per semester. (Lecturer 2000-02, Sr. Lecturer 2002-17, Principal Senior Lecturer 2017-18)
Lecturer (part-time), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (course: Introduction to Biology). Prepared and delivered lectures on a wide range of biological topics, created HTML lecture notes that were used for in-class delivery as well as for student review via the Web, developed laboratory exercises emphasizing inquiry and experimental design, prepared assignments. (1999-2000)
Graduate student, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Conducted field and laboratory research investigating range-limiting factors of the southwestern corn borer. Supervised two undergraduate research projects. Used ArcView GIS for data analysis and presentation. Established relationships with about sixty cooperators ranging from Arizona to Nebraska, Indiana, and Georgia. (1993-99)
Teaching assistant in Introduction to Biological Sciences and General Biology. Presented laboratory introductions, supervised laboratory exercises, prepared multimedia tutorials, and prepared equipment and supplies. (1993-98)
Science Teacher, Harpeth High School, Kingston Springs, TN. Taught chemistry, physics, and physical science. Other responsibilities included being chair of the science department, chair of the faculty advisory committee, and advisor of the World Watch club and a student research group. (1987-93)
Science and Math Teacher, St. Joseph’s High School, Mzimpofu, Swaziland, Africa (volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee). Subjects taught included physics, chemistry, biology, integrated science, mathematics, and computer programming. Other responsibilities included being chair of the science department, supervising two student teachers, and preparing students for writing the Cambridge O-Level Examination. (1983-86)
Science Teacher, Ridgemont High School, Ridgeway, Ohio. Taught chemistry, physics and general science. (1982-83)
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Senior Lecturer, Vanderbilt University (2010)
Graduate Student of the Year, Dept. of Biology, Vanderbilt Univ. (1999)
Teacher of the Year for Cheatham County, TN (1991-92) and for Harpeth High School (1989-90).
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry Award, Bluffton College, 1982.
Baskauf, S, R Hyam, S Blum, RA Morris, J. Rees, J. Sachs, G. Whitbread, J. Wieczorek. Editor: D. Endresen. (2017) TDWG Standards Documentation Specification. Biodiversity Information Standards. http://www.tdwg.org/standards/147
Baskauf, S, J Wieczorek, S Blum, RA Morris, J Rees, J Sachs, G Whitbread. Editor: Dag Endresen. (2017) TDWG Vocabulary Maintenance Specification. Biodiversity Information Standards. http://www.tdwg.org/standards/642
Baskauf, S, J Wieczorek, J Deck, and CO Webb (2016) Lessons learned from adapting the Darwin Core vocabulary standard for use in RDF. Semantic Web Journal 7:617-627.
Baskauf, S and CO Webb (2016) Darwin-SW: Darwin Core-based terms for expressing biodiversity data as RDF. Semantic Web Journal 7:629-243.
Walls RL, Deck J, Guralnick R, Baskauf S, Beaman R, et al. (2014) Semantics in Support of Biodiversity Knowledge Discovery: An Introduction to the Biological Collections Ontology and Related Ontologies. PLoS ONE 9(3):e89606. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089606.
Baskauf, SJ (2010) Organization of occurrence-related biodiversity resources based on the process of their creation and the role of individual organisms as resource relationship nodes. Biodiversity Informatics 7:17-44.
Baskauf, SJ and BK Kirchoff (2008) Digital plant images as specimens: toward standards for photographing living plants. Vulpina 7:16-30.
Baskauf, SJ (2003). Factors influencing population dynamics of the southwestern corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae): a reassessment. Environmental Entomology 32(5):915-928. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X-32.5.915.
Baskauf, SJ and DE McCauley (2001). Evaluation of low temperature mortality as a range-limiting factor for the southwestern corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Environmental Entomology 30(2):181-188. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X-30.2.181.
Contributions to non-peer-reviewed electronic and print publications
Bioimages website. An internationally recognized source of over 10000 biological images (representing over 1000 species) for educators and educational information for the public on biologically related topics. The site averages about 1.5 million page views per year. My role is the web developer and I have contributed over 95% of the images.
Reviewed in: http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-301089.html
Baskauf SJ and J Sachs. (2018) Darwin Core as a vocabulary for expressing biodiversity data as RDF. In: Thessen, AE (Ed.) Application of Semantic Technologies in Biodiversity Science. Studies on the Semantic Web Vol. 33, IOS Press/AKA Verlag. ISBN: 978-1-61499-853-2. Freely available in Vanderbilt’s institutional repository.
Baskauf,S., J. Wieczorek, J. Deck, C. Webb, P. J. Morris, M. Schildhauer. 2015. Darwin Core RDF Guide. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). This is a ratified addition to the Darwin Core international standard for biodiversity information exchange.
Baskauf, S. An RDF Primer (video). This video was a prologue to the Semantics of Biodiversity Symposium at the 2013 Annual Conference of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). It explains the rudiments of RDF.
Baskauf, S., E. Ó Tuama, D. Endresen, G. Hagedorn (eds.). 2013. Report of the TDWG Vocabulary Management Task Group (VoMaG) v1.0. This report considers best practices for collaborative development and maintenance of vocabularies used to describe biodiversity resources. It includes a number of recommendations for action. http://www.gbif.org/resource/80862
Baskauf, S. J. 2012. Beginner’s Guide to RDF This is a technical guide for metadata producers, aggregators, and consumers who want to implement Resource Description Framework (RDF) in the context of biodiversity informatics. https://github.com/tdwg/rdf/blob/master/Beginners.md
Baskauf, S. J. and C. Webb. 2011. Darwin-SW Ontology: Semantic Web Terms for Biodiversity Data, Based on Darwin Core (website: https://github.com/darwin-sw/dsw, namespace and RDF/OWL representation: http://purl.org/dsw/)
Baskauf, S. 2008. Images and taxonomic links. In B. K. Kirchoff, Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Field Botany Course on CD. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, MO.
Contributor of over 100 images to Kershner, B. et al. 2008. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Trees of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, as well as numerous other field guides, books, textbooks, magazines, and websites. My plant images have also been featured on the covers of Journal of Heredity vol.100 (4; Jul/Aug 2009), Journal of Chemical Education vol. 84 (6; Jun 2007), and City Trees (Jan/Feb 2009).
Faculty Working Group Grant, Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) for the Semantic Web Working Group. $4000, 2016.
Creative Campus Innovation Grant, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy “Creation of a dynamic, spatially-referenced walking tour of Vanderbilt Campus”. $2250, 2014. (with Chris Vanags, School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt) http://youtu.be/j644mBcgGWE
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) grant for Teaching As Research (TAR) “Clicker use in an Introductory BioSci Lab”. $3000, 2009. Faculty mentor for Brian Robertson, the postdoc supported by the grant.
Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences Venture Fund Grant for Creativity in Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches to support the development of a research-based component for the Introduction to Biological Sciences lab course for majors. $5000, 2007-08.
Baskauf, S. 2017. Introduction to Bioimages in Crowd-sourcing with a Human Face. Cultural Heritage at Scale, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. June 2, 2017. http://heritage-at-scale.info/
Baskauf, S. 2016. A High-altitude View of TDWG Standards: Machine Processing, Graphs, and the Vocabulary Development Process in A Roadmap for Standards-based Data Integration in Biodiversity Science. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. December 5, 2016. http://bit.ly/2gfk9hO
Baskauf, S. and C. Webb. 2013. Using Darwin-SW to Answer Questions About Biodiversity Resources in Semantics of Biodiversity: Formal Models and Ontologies. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Florence, Italy. November 1, 2013.
Baskauf, S., J. Wieczorek, J. Deck, C. Webb, and M. Schildhauer. 2013. An RDF Guide for the TDWG Darwin Core Standard in Semantics of Biodiversity: Technologies, Reasoning & Annotation. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Florence, Italy. October 30, 2013.
Baskauf, S.J. 2010. Integrating Live Plant Images with Other Types of Biodiversity Records. in SERNEC: Four Years of Development of a Herbarium Research Coordination Network. Botany 2010 (Botanical Society of America), Providence, RI. August 3, 2010. http://2010.botanyconference.org/engine/search/index.php?func=detail&aid=228
Baskauf, S. 2018. Introduction to Audubon Core and Audubon Core as RDF in Audubon Core Workshop. Society of the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. August 27, 2018. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7081319.v1
Baskauf, S. 2016. Darwin Core as RDF: Applying the DwC RDF Guide to Real Data. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. December 7, 2016. http://bit.ly/2hb6rP0
Baskauf, S. 2016. Vocabulary Maintenance Task Group Report. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Santa Clara de San Carlos, Costa Rica. December 8, 2016. http://bit.ly/2gfoBwY
Baskauf, S. 2013. The TDWG Ontology and the Darwin Core Namespace Policy. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Florence, Italy. October 31, 2013.
Baskauf, S. and M. Schildhauer. 2013. Primer on Semantic Technologies. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Florence, Italy. October 29, 2013.
Olena, A, J. M. Talley, R. Bairley, C. B. Sissom, S. J. Baskauf. 2012. Development of a First Year Biology Lab Containing a Strong Research Element. Society for Developmental Biology 71st Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. July 19-23, 2012.
Webb, C. and Baskauf S. 2011. Darwin-SW: Darwin Core data for the Semantic Web. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, New Orleans, LA. October 18, 2011.
Baskaufs, S.J. and T. Sasek, 2010. Full implementation of GUIDs at SERNEC institutions: A strategy that accommodates institutions of varying sizes and complex resource relationships. Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Conference, Woods Hole, MA. September 30, 2010.
Talley, J.M., R.C. Bairley, C. Sissom, K. Norton, C.G. Brown, and S.J. Baskauf. 2009. Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Student Designed, Research-based, Introduction to Biology Lab (poster). Association of Southeastern Biologists, Birmingham, AL. April 1 – 4, 2009.
Kirchoff, B. K. and Baskauf, S. 2009. Woody Plants of the Southeastern United States: A Field Botany Course on CD. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Birmingham, AL. April 1 – 4, 2009. [Note: my name was submitted as second author but was left out of the published program].
Baskauf, Steve. 2008. Effect of removal of the invasive species Lonicera maackii on the size distribution of woody vegetation in a middle Tennessee natural area. Natural Areas Conference. October 15, 2008.
Baskauf, Steven. 2006. Bioimages: a resource for ecosystem education (poster). Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.
Kirchoff, Bruce K. and Steven J. Baskauf. 2006. Image Quiz: An interactive computer-based method for teaching plant identification. Botany 2006 (Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting). B.K. Kirchoff conceived the visual recognition-based methodology and I provided the images and served as a development consultant for the project.
Baskauf, Steven J. 1999. The Edge of the Range of the Southwestern Corn Borer, Diatraea grandiosella Dyar, Its Characteristics and Factors Determining Its Location. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.
Baskauf, Steven J. 1998. Ecological Factors Limiting Range Expansion by a Pest Insect. Southeast Ecology and Population Genetics Meeting.
Baskauf, Steven J. 1998. Species Boundaries of the Southwestern Corn Borer, Diatraea grandiosella Dyar (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America.
Baskauf, Steven J. 1997. Voltinism and Species Boundary of the Southwestern Corn Borer, Diatraea grandiosella Dyar (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society.
Sorenson, Clyde E., Steve Baskauf, and David McCauley. 1997. Latitudinal Occurrence of the Southwestern Corn Borer in Southeastern Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana After a Severe Winter (poster). Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Branch, Entomological Society of America.
Baskauf, Steven J. 1993. Graphical Special Relativity. National Science Teachers Association National Convention.