Jonah M Duckles


[email protected] / NZ: +64.(0)27.461.0982


  • M.S. 2008, Remote Sensing and GIS, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • B.S. 2001, Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Organizational Mycology — Co-Founder


Organizational Mycology is a consulting group that seeks to help clients bring a mindset of bio-mimicry and systems thinking to deep and transformational change.

Whale Bytes Limited — Founder and Director


Advising, consulting, facilitating, and strategy development to help impact-driven organizations to create structures which can help them grow their reach.

Future Bees NZ Limited — Director


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

Xero — Global Data Evangelism Lead


Improving the understanding and use of data and AI/ML among the global Xero workforce through education and capacity-building efforts to support the company’s shift towards a data-focused strategy.

AbacusBio — Consultant


Leading a pivot toward a teaching / learning organisation with data science skills and capabilities across the company while architecting geospatial data analysis capabilities and infrastructur to support core business areas.

The Carpentries


Director of Membership and Technology


Advised and mentored 100+ organisational leaders in the global research sector, supporting data science skill development and capacity-building in their organisations. Lead the membership revenue growth resulting in $800,000 annual recurring revenue to support the organisation and its impactful work.

Executive Director — The Software Carpentry Foundation


Took over from founding Executive Director and built a sustainment and long-term revenue model for the organisation. Merged the organisation with a peer organisation to form The Carpentries.

University of Oklahoma


Director of Informatics and Innovation


Designed and built award winning maker / innovation spaces on campus for digital fabrication and emerging technologies while expanding and integrating research informatics services into core research support offerings for the University. Awarded over US$700,000 in Federal NSF grants as PI/co-PI to support informatics and innovation activities with numerous research collaborators.

Senior Informatics Analyst


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 which could accelerate research workflows.

Lanworth — Senior Analyst


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 globally. Architected the pivot of the company to working in the AWS Cloud Platform.

Purdue University


Graduate Research Assistant


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.

Strategic Planning and Center Coordinator


Using the tools of Technology Roadmapping and IT Strategic planning, acted as a strategic advisor to the University CIO while operating an academic center best practices in Technology Roadmapping.

International Technology Strategy Partners — Founder / Partner


Facilitated workshops for shared visioning of technology futures at global technology-driven organizations such as Fortune 100 companies, federal agencies, Department of Defense, and global universities.


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

Peer reviewed publications

  • Contina, Andrea, Eli S. Bridge, Nathaniel E. Seavy, Jonah M. Duckles, and Jeffrey F. Kelly. 2013. “Using Geologgers to Investigate Bimodal Isotope Patterns in Painted Buntings (Passerina Ciris).” The Auk 130 (2): 265–72.
  • Duckles, J.M., and E.J. Coyle. 2002. “Purdue’s Center for Technology Roadmapping: A Resource for Research and Education in Technology Roadmapping.” In IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, 2:900–904 vol.2.
  • Jordan, Kari L., Marianne Corvellec, Elizabeth D. Wickes, Naupaka B. Zimmerman, Jonah M. Duckles, and Tracy K. Teal. 2018. “Short-Format Workshops Build Skills and Confidence for Researchers to Work with Data.” In .
  • Katz, Daniel S., Lois Curfman McInnes, David E. Bernholdt, Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Neil P. Chue Hong, Jonah Duckles, Sandra Gesing, et al. 2019. “Community Organizations: Changing the Culture in Which Research Software Is Developed and Sustained.” Computing in Science Engineering 21 (2): 8–24.
  • Linck, Ethan, Eli S. Bridge, Jonah M. Duckles, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, and Sievert Rohwer. 2016. “Assessing Migration Patterns in Passerina Ciris Using the World’s Bird Collections as an Aggregated Resource.” PeerJ 4 (April): e1871.
  • Pijanowski, Bryan, Deepak Ray, Anthony Kendall, Jonah Duckles, and David Hyndman. 2007. “Using Backcast Land-Use Change and Groundwater Travel-Time Models to Generate Land-Use Legacy Maps for Watershed Management.” Ecology and Society 12 (2).
  • Ray, Deepak K., Jonah M. Duckles, and Bryan C. Pijanowski. 2010. “The Impact of Future Land Use Scenarios on Runoff Volumes in the Muskegon River Watershed.” Environmental Management 46 (3): 351–66.
  • Soyka, Heather, Amber Budden, Viv Hutchison, David Bloom, Jonah Duckles, Amy Hodge, Matthew Mayernik, et al. 2017. “Using Peer Review to Support Development of Community Resources for Research Data Management.” Journal of EScience Librarianship 6 (2).