Who We Are

Eugene Barsky | Head | Research Commons

Eugene Barsky is the Head of Research Commons at UBC. Eugene is chairing the national Portage Data Discovery Expert Group, participates in building the Canadian Federated Research Data Repository service (FRDR), and collaborates with Research Data Canada (RDC) and the European Union (OpenAIRE). Eugene is the lead Principal Investigator for the national Geodisy project, funded by CANARIE. His recent peer-recognition included the American Society for Engineering Education and Special Library Association awards. He published more than 25 peer-reviewed papers and presented at more than 50 conferences. Eugene is an adjunct professor at the iSchool at UBC, teaching courses in science librarianship and research data management, and is one of the founders of the Pacific Northwest data curators group. 


Sarah Blay | Research Commons 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.


Doug Brigham | Research Data Management Librarian


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.


Allan Cho | Research Commons Librarian

Allan coordinates a team of graduate students at the Research Commons and oversees the peer-led instruction and consultation spaces and services. In collaboration with Library and campus partners, such as the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and Centre for Writing & Scholarly Communications (CWSC), Allan organizes the Graduate Student Workshop Series designed to assist students with the research process in addition to supporting graduate programming such as the FIREtalks and the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) talks.

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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.  


Mark Goodwin | Geospatial Metadata Coordinator

As the Geospatial Metadata Coordinator, Mark supports the work of Geodisy, an open-source project that exposes Dataverse geospatial data to GeoBlacklight for improved searching ability.


Eka Grguric | Digital Scholarship Librarian

Ekatarina Grguric is the Digital Scholarship Librarian.  She was the User Experience and Digital Technologies Library at McGill University Library and a librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries where she supported open science initiatives. Her approach to her work is user centered, data driven, and collaborative. 


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 supports reference questions, plans workshops, and gives class presentations, in an effort to provide support to researchers and students across campus in their spatial research.  Evan is a Principal Investigator of the Geodisy project.


Research Commons Instructional Team Leads

Susan Atkey | Librarian, Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Susan is a librarian at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Koerner Library. Susan works with the Data Analysis team overseeing the instruction for the NVivo workshops.

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Sarah Parker | Librarian, Woodward Library

Sarah is a librarian at Woodward Library and the liaison for the Research Commons. She works with the Citation Management team overseeing the instruction for the RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero workshops.


Dean Giustini | Librarian, Biomedical Branch Library

Dean is a librarian at Biomedical Branch Library and a liaison for the Research Commons. He works with the Thesis Formatting team, and oversees the teaching of the Thesis Formatting workshops.


Graduate Academic Assistants

Josh Chan | Thesis Formatting Graduate Academic Assistant

Josh has a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and holds two roles in the Koerner Library.  In addition to teaching and offering consultations in Thesis Formatting, Josh is also a student librarian at the Humanities & Social Sciences Research Reference Desk.

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Elham Esfandiari | Citation Management Graduate Academic Assistant

Elham Esfandiari is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences. She is interested in developing rehabilitation program 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 about citation management.

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Mathurada (Matty) Jullamon | Quantitative Data Analysis Graduate Academic Assistant

Matty is the team expert in SPSS with in-depth knowledge of R.  Matty’s research focuses on understanding factors that influence critical thinking in the context of scientific inquiry. More specifically, she explores how learner attributes such as prior knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs influence critical thinking in scientific inquiry.

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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.


Arthur Marques | Quantitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

Arthur Marques

Arthur is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science program. His research interests are in software engineering, particularly focusing on software design; software evolution; and code reviews.   

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Amir Michalovich | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate 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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David Romero | Qualitative Data Analysis Graduate Assistant

David Romero is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Studies at UBC. He is interested in qualitative methodologies, elite public schooling, continental philosophy and subaltern studies. He also holds a Ph.D. In Latin American Literature and is interested in interdisciplinary research practices that connect social sciences and humanities.

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Cecilia Vadala | Citation Management Graduate Assistant

Cecilia Vadala is a Masters student in theatre. She has worked for UBC Libraries in various roles during her undergraduate and now graduate studies. She has helped the UBC Library Research Commons customize our offerings to best met the citation management needs of the community. As a member of the team, she offers one-on-one consultation as well as workshops about citation management.

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