Jonah M Duckles



US: +1.765.532.1126

NZ: +64.(0)27.461.0982


  • M.S. 2008, Landscape Ecology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • B.S. 2001, Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Director of Membership and Technology, The Carpentries


  • Leading the growth and continued global expansion of the organizational membership program to over 75 member organizations and activities in 46 countries.
  • Demonstrated a sustaining business model for an impact-driven non-profit, with nearly US$ 1-million in recurring annual revenue.
  • Strategic leadership around enabling technologies for managing and growing our global community of volunteers.

Executive Director, The Software Carpentry Foundation


  • Expanded and grew the impact and reach of the amazing team of scientists and instructors.
  • Responsible for 5x membership revenue growth.
  • 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 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 various 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.
  • Architect and implement open source software/hardware solutions for research orientated BigData workflows.
  • Develop and deliver teaching and training material, advancing scientific throughput through appropriate use of software systems and tools.
  • Active participant in grant writing to build soft-money funded research-support operation bringing in over $2.9m per year in federal research dollars, covering in excess of $300k per year in salary for the Informatics services team.

Senior Analyst, Lanworth


  • Led quantitative analysis team, using 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.
  • 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 is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomson Reuters.

Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University


  • Studied impacts of land-use change on ecosystem services, specifically studying land use change dynamics in the Muskegon River Watershed area of Michigan coupled to ecological response models.
  • 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 niche consultancy that facilitated workshops for shared visioning of technology futures at global high tech 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.
  • Later became a strategic advisor to the University CIO while operating an academic center for best practices in Technology Roadmapping.


  • Project Management
  • Grant Writing
  • DevOps: Python, R, JavaScript, Bash, Linux/Unix, Docker, Apache Spark, Hadoop, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon Web Services, Git
  • Cloud Platforms: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Azure
  • GIS/Remote Sensing: PostGIS, ArcGIS, GRASS, Erdas Imagine, ENVI




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

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