Jonah M Duckles


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Career Summary

Throughout my career I’ve worked to democratize access to technology in order help others to build agency, and grow in their own capabilities. I’ve undertaken this work as an organizational leader, technology architect, and instructor. I’ve lead and grown the global reach of a high-impact non-profit and cultivated high-impact teams of technologists in the research and private sectors. I’m a natural collaborator, proven leader, and dreamer of how education, personal empowement, and technology working together can help us to build a better tomorrow.


  • M.S. 2008, Landscape Ecology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN - Thesis: Impacts of Land Use Change on Runoff in the Muskegon River Watershed of Michigan, Past, Present and Future: Stakeholder Driven, Scenario-based Approach (PDF)
  • B.S. 2001, Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Director, Future Bees Limited


  • Co-Leading and supporting Future Bees NZ to grow its reach and impact. Supporting researchers, beekeepers and bee-related professionals with modeling, knowledge, and information sharing.

Data Evangelism Lead, Xero


  • Driving the growth of data and AI literacy across the global Xero workforce.
  • Spreading mindsets and skill-sets necessary to pivot to a data savvy company strategy through educational and capacity-building activities.

Consultant, AbacusBio


  • Lead a pivot toward a teaching / learning organisation with data science skills and capabilities across the company.
  • Architected geospatial capabilities by developing innovative cloud-deployed tools, data-driven dashboards and analysis framworks bringing geospatial, environmental and climate data to customers and consultants for actionable decision-making.
  • Advised research initiatives Genomics Aotearoa and FutureBees around teaching / learning, and capacity building activities in data science and computation.

Director of Membership and Technology, The Carpentries


  • Advised and mentored 100+ organisational leaders in the global research sector, supporting data science capacity-building in their organizations.
  • Lead membership sales growth and continued global expansion of the organizational membership program to over 75 member organizations and activities in 46 countries.
  • Grew revenue to $1.3-million with $800,000 coming from recurring programs and services I led.
  • Demonstrated a sustaining business model for an impact-driven non-profit, with stable annual subscription revenue.

Executive Director, The Software Carpentry Foundation


  • Grew the impact and reach of an international open source community of 1,500 trained instructors, delivering in-person workshops for 40k learners worldwide.
  • Grew revenue from US $200,000/year to US $800,000 in 2 years.
  • Grew membership program to over 50 organizations in 10 countries.

Director of Informatics and Innovation, University of Oklahoma


  • Designed and built award winning maker / innovation spaces on campus for digital fabrication and emerging technologies.
  • Expand and integrate research informatics services, skills workshops, and infrastructure into services offered by Information Technology and Libraries administrative units.
  • Awarded over US$700,000 in NSF grants as PI/co-PI to support informatics and innovation activities with numerous research collaborators.

Senior Informatics Analyst, University of Oklahoma


  • Built a team of informatics professionals by embedding with and partnering with research faculty to provide enabling cyber-infrastructure for global environmental change research projects.
  • Architected and implemented open source software/hardware solutions.
  • Develop and deliver teaching and training material, increasing research throughput with appropriate use of hardware, software systems, and tools.
  • Active participant in grant writing to build soft-money funded research-support operation bringing in over $2.9m in federal research dollars, covering in excess of $300k per year in salary for the Informatics team.

Senior Analyst, Lanworth


  • Senior member of quantitative analysis team, used satellite remote sensing, biophysical crop modeling and exploratory data analysis techniques to quantify corn, soy and wheat production in the USA, Brazil, Argentina and Black Sea states.
  • Architected the pivot of the company to working in the AWS Cloud Platform.
  • Acted as project manager and assisted with business development for major consulting contracts, building the firm to over $5-million in annual revenue.
  • The firm was sold to Thomson Reuters.

Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University


  • Modeled and studied impacts of past and future land-use change on ecosystem services, specifically studying land use change dynamics with artificial neural networks in the Muskegon River Watershed area of Michigan.
  • Acted as Linux system administrator for computational infrastructure in the Human Environment Modeling and Analysis (HEMA) Laboratory.

Partner, International Technology Strategy Partners


  • Co-founded a consultancy which facilitated workshops for shared visioning of technology futures at global technology-driven organizations.
  • Provided consulting and educational services to Fortune 100 companies, federal agencies, DoD and global universities.

Strategic Planning and Center Coordinator, Purdue University


  • Internal consultant to support Deans and VPs with their strategic planning and future visioning during a major strategic planning cycle.
  • Aided in the development of the business case for replacing the University mainframe system with an ERP system.
  • Later became a strategic advisor to the University CIO while operating an academic center for best practices in Technology Roadmapping.


I’ve participated in the development of entrepreneurial and cyberinfrastructure components of major awarded grants in the US totaling over $US 36.5-million dollars.

  • Microsoft AI for Earth - PI - Azure credit to explore AI applications for better quantifying phenotypes in honeybee production systems. April 2019. US $15,000.
  • Collaborative Research: IDBR - Co-PI - Type B: An Open-Source Radio Frequency Identification System for Animal Monitoring. October 2016. US $344,148 #1556313
  • R Consortium - PI - “Software Carpentry R Instructor Training”, April 2016. US $10,000
  • NSF ABI - PI - “The Electronic Transponder Analysis Gateway (ETAG): An Animal Behavior Observatory”, June 15, 2015 - May 31, 2018. US $314,890.00 #1458402
  • NCIIA E-Teams Stage 2 - PI - “Siren Weather Analysis Application”, July 1, 2014 - June 31, 2015. US $20,000
  • NCIIA E-Teams Stage 1 - PI - PI - “Siren Weather Analysis Application”, April 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. #11343-14, US $5,000
  • EPSCoR Track-I - Senior Personnel - “Adapting Socio-ecological Systems to Increased Climate Variability”, June 2013 - May 2018, US $24,000,000 NSF:1301789
  • USDA AFRI Grazing CAP - Senior Personnel - “Vulnerability and resilience of Southern Great Plains beef in an environment of increased climate variability”, Feb 2013 - Feb 2018, US $9,600,000
  • NSF Innovation Corps - Co-Pi, “FlowWorks - A Modern Infrastructure for Spatiotemporal Data Modeling and Analysis”, Aug 2012 - Dec 2012, US $50,000
  • NSF EPSCoR Track-II - Senior Personnel, “A CyberCommons for Ecological Forecasting”, September 2009 - August 2012, US $3,000,000
  • D. Woods Thomas Memorial International Travel Grant - Awardee - April 2007, US $1,000


  • Katz DS, McInnes LC, Bernholdt DE, Cabunoc Mayes A, Chue Hong NP, Duckles J, Gesing S, Heroux MA, Hettrick S, Jimenez RC, Pierce M, Weaver B, Wilkins-Diehr N. “Community Organizations: Changing the Culture in Which Research Software Is Developed and Sustained”. Computing in Science & Engineering. March/April 2019. Vol 21, Issue 2. 10.1109/MCSE.2018.2883051
  • Jordan K, Corvellec M, Wickes E, Zimmerman N, Duckles J, Teal T, “Short-form workshops build skills and confidence for researchers to work with data”. ASEE Topics in Computing And Information Technology, June 2018 pdf.
  • Soyka H, Budden A, Hutchinson V, Bloom D, Duckles J, Hodge A, Mayernik M, Poisot T, Rauch S, Steinhart G, Wasser L, Whitmire A, Wright S. “Using Peer Review to Support Development of Community Resources for Research Data Management”. Journal of eScience Librarianship doi:10.7191/jeslib.2017.1114
  • Linck E, Bridge ES, Duckles J, Navarro-Sigüenza AG, Rohwer S. “Assessing migration patterns in Passerina ciris using the world’s bird collections as an aggregated resource.” PeerJ PrePrints PeerJ 4:e1871 doi:10.7717/peerj.1871
  • Contina, Andrea, Eli S. Bridge, Nathaniel E. Seavy, Jonah M. Duckles, and Jeffrey F. Kelly. “Using Geologgers to Investigate Bimodal Isotope Patterns in Painted Buntings ( Passerina Ciris ) .” The Auk 130, no. 2 (April 2013): 265–272. doi:10.1525/auk.2013.13003.
  • Duckles, Jonah M.., and E.J. Coyle. “Purdue’s Center for Technology Roadmapping: a Resource for Research and Education in Technology Roadmapping.” In Engineering Management Conference, 2002. IEMC ‘02. 2002 IEEE International, 2:900-904 vol.2, 2002. doi:10.1109/IEMC.2002.1038558.
  • Pijanowski, B. C., D. K. Ray, A. D. Kendall, J. M. Duckles, and D. W. Hyndman. “Using Backcast Land-Use Change and Groundwater Travel-Time Models to Generate Land-Use Legacy Maps for Watershed Management.” Ecology and Society 12 (2007): art25.
  • Ray, Deepak K., Jonah M. Duckles, and Bryan C. Pijanowski. “The Impact of Future Land Use Scenarios on Runoff Volumes in the Muskegon River Watershed.” Environmental Management 46, no. 3 (August 11, 2010): 351–366. doi:10.1007/s00267-010-9533-z.