Neotoma Mission, Bylaws, & Governance

Neotoma is governed by an Executive Committee of five people, who are joined by 9 other members to form the overall Leadership Council for the Neotoma Database.  A copy of our bylaws can be viewed here.

Executive Committee
Jack Williams, Chair; Steward, North American Pollen Database
Jessica Blois, Associate Chair; Steward, Vertebrates
Thomas Giesecke, Steward, European Pollen Database
Alison Smith; Steward, Ostracodes

Other members of the Leadership Council
Allan Ashworth, Steward, Insects
Phil Buckland, Steward, Insects
Don Charles, Steward, Diatoms
Claudio Latorre, Steward, Packrat Middens
Suzanne Pilaar Birch, Steward, Stable Isotopes
Naoko Sasaki, Steward, Japan Pollen Database
Graciela Gil-Romero, 
Steward, European Pollen Database
Sarah Ivory, Steward, African Pollen Database 
Suzette Flantua, ECR representative
Dana Reuter, ECR representative


Education & Outreach Working Group: Chair, vacant
Information Technology (IT) Working Group: Chair, Simon Goring. Other members: Jack Williams, Jessica Blois, Jonathon Nelson, Edward Davis.
International Working Group: Chair, Allan Ashworth. Other members: Thomas Giesecke, Claudio Latorre
Membership Committee: Chair, Jessica Blois. Other members: Thomas Giesecke and Claudio Latorre

Code of Conduct
The Neotoma Paleoecology Database (hereafter, ‘Neotoma’) is committed to providing a safe, respectful, productive, and welcoming environment for all database members, workshop or meeting participants, and staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, Neotoma members, stewards, attendees, speakers, and others are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all Neotoma workshops, meetings, tele/video conferences, and other events, including Neotoma events during meetings sponsored by organizations other than Neotoma, in public or private facilities. The Neotoma Code of Conduct was modified from AGU’s Meeting Code of Conduct, found here: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/agu-meetings-code-of-conduct/
A link to the full Code of Conduct can be found below. 

Contact information (updated Fall 2018)

Neotoma Executive Committee
You may contact all members of the EC using the following email. This email is only seen by the EC members: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Alternatively, you may contact one of the EC members individually:
  • Jack Williams, U. Wisconsin, Madison, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Jessica Blois, U. California, Merced, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Thomas Giesecke, U. Goettingen, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Alison Smith, Kent State University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Neotoma Ombuds
Don Charles, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)