Who We Are

UBC Library Research Commons Head

Eugene Barsky

Eugene is the past Chair of the national Portage Data Discovery Expert Group, participates in building the Canadian Federated Research Data Repository service (FRDR), and collaborates with Canada’s New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) and the European Union (OpenAIRE).

Eugene is the lead for the national Geodisy project, previously funded by CANARIE, and now integrated with FRDR and funded by NDRIO. His recent peer recognition included the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, American Society for Engineering Education, and Special Library Association awards. He published more than 25 peer-reviewed papers and presented at more than 70 conferences. Eugene is an adjunct professor at the iSchool at UBC, teaching the course on research data management, and is one of the founders of the Pacific Northwest data curators group. 


UBC Library Research Commons Staff


Sarah Blay | Program Coordinator

Sarah is the coordinator for the Research Commons, and works closely with the Head of the Research Commons to optimize program offerings and logistics. Additionally she is Co-Team Lead of the Citation Management team with Tomoko and Joe.


Doug Brigham | Research Data Management Librarian

Doug helps UBC researchers curate and manage their data, from planning to deposit, sharing and preservation.


Jeremy Buhler | Data Librarian

UBC Library invests in collecting thousands of licensed and open datasets to enhance teaching, learning, and research at UBC. As Data Librarian, Jeremy plays a key role as developer, steward, facilitator, and promoter of this growing data collection.


Paul Dante | Software Developer

Paul actively creates an open source data pipeline to help researchers find and access geospatial and quasi-geospatial data. Tying together existing components with a custom written Java middleware that cleans and enhances existing metadata, this project will help make Canadian research data more easily accessible. 


Brett Dimond | Program Assistant

Brett works closely with both the Head of the Research Commons and its Program Coordinator to plan, coordinate, and promote workshop offerings, research events, and consultation services.


Mark Goodwin | Geospatial Metadata Coordinator

As the Metadata Coordinator for the Geodisy project, Mark works alongside Portage’s Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) team to provide expertise for creation, management, and presentation of metadata for geospatial discovery. He is the Co-Chair of Portage’s Dataverse North Metadata Working Group, which establishes metadata best practices for Canadian researchers using Dataverse. Mark is passionate about improving access to information and is excited to help enhance discoverability of research data in Canada.


Ekatarina (Eka) Grguric | Digital Scholarship Librarian

Eka Grguric is the Digital Scholarship Librarian. In this role she supports exploratory scholarship across disciplines which is either completely reliant on the use of a new computational approach or augmenting a traditional approach using new technologies.


Paul Lesack | Data and GIS Analyst

In addition to his work supporting data and GIS, Paul Lesack is also a part of UBC Library’s Geodisy project to build the Federated Geospatial Data Discovery for Canada.


Evan Thornberry | Map and GIS Librarian

Evan Thornberry partners with students, educators, and researchers with work involving maps, spatial data, and geospatial technology and infrastructure.


UBC Liaison Librarians


Tomoko Kitayama Yen | Citation Management | Japanese Language Librarian, Asian Library

Tomoko is the Japanese Studies Librarian at the Asian Library. Tomoko is also a liaison librarian supporting the Citation Management team.


Joe Melanson | Citation Management | Librarian, Koerner Library

Joe is the Economics, Journalism, Political Science and Philosophy Librarian at UBC. Joe is also a liaison librarian supporting the Citation Management team.


Sarah Parker | Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis | Librarian, Woodward Library

Sarah is a librarian for science and engineering and Woodward Library’s liaison for the Research Commons. She works with the team supporting instruction for the data analysis workshops.


Graduate Academic Assistants and Graduate Teaching Assistants


Albina Gibadullina | Quantitative Data Analysis | Graduate Academic Assistant

Albina is a PhD Student in the Geography Department. She is broadly interested in understanding the nature of finance-dominated capitalism through the lens of political economy. She uses (and experiments with) a broad range of computational methods including exploratory data analysis, inferential statistics, network analysis, and various forms of spatial analysis.


Amir Michalovich | Qualitative Data Analysis | Graduate Academic Assistant

Amir Michalovich is a PhD student in the Language and Literacy Education Department. He is interested in the ways in which multimodal meaning-making can facilitate immigrant and refugee students’ engagement and integration in school learning. His experience includes managing a research project, filmmaking, teaching, and providing consultations about ATLAS.ti.

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Chelsea Palmer | Digital Scholarship | Graduate Academic Assistant


Elham Esfandiari | Citation Management | Graduate Academic Assistant

Elham Esfandiari is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences. She is interested in developing rehabilitation programs for individuals with lower limb amputation which can be delivered through mobile devices. As a member of the team, she offers one-on-one consultation as well as workshops for citation management.

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June Skeeter | Geographic Information Technology | Graduate Teaching Assistant

June is a PhD Candidate and GIS instructor in the Geography Department.  Their thesis research focuses on climate change in the Canadian Arctic.  More broadly their interests center on using GIS as a tool to further social and ecological justice issues.


Liam Doherty | Digital Scholarship | Graduate Teaching Assistant


Maria Laricheva | Quantitative Data Analysis | Graduate Academic Assista


Maya Daurio | Geographic Information Technology | Graduate Teaching Assistant

Maya is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology with a background in Geography and GIS. She is interested in language mobility and linguistic geographies and identities in the Himalayas and in NYC and in data for justice.


Reza Karimi | Citation Management | Graduate Academic Assistant

Reza is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at UBC. His specialty is in the field of cladding and surface engineering and his thesis project is on Weld cladding of tungsten carbide-reinforced metal matrix composite overlays. Reza is a member of the Citation Management team and offers workshops and consults on RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero.

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