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Ross Mounce | Curriculum Vitae

Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
B rcpm20@bath.ac.uk rossmounce.co.uk
@rmounce
rossmounce
ross-mounce ORCID: 0000-0002-3520-2046

Linux-loving data wrangler with a passion for reproducible research, text & data mining, and innovation in
academic publishing. Im most at home collaborating on projects in distributed, version-controlled environments
such as GitHub & Bitbucket. I enjoy using social media as a powerful tool to bring change.

Education & Employment


University of Bath
Bath
Postdoctoral Research Associate
February 2014Current
PLUTo: Phyloinformatic Literature Unlocking Tools. Software for making published phyloinformatic data
discoverable, open, and reusable.
University of Bath
Bath
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PhD in Evolutionary Biology
October 2009December 2013
Comparative Cladistics: Fossils, Morphological Data Partitions and Lost Branches in the Fossil Tree of Life
Open Knowledge Foundation
London
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Community Coordinator, Open Science
January 2013June 2013
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Natural History Museum, London


MSc (Hons) in Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity

London
20052008

Imperial College London


BSc (Hons) in Biology

London
20052008

Awards & Grants


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BBSRC grant with Matthew Wills


Tools & Resources Development Funding, PLUTo project

University of Bath
20142015

Panton Fellowship for Open Data in Science


Promoting and producing open research data,

University of Bath
20122013

Kurt M. Pickett Award


Intercontinental travel grant to support promising research students,

Ede & Ravenscroft Prize Finalist


A competition to reward the best graduate research students across the university,

Santander Research Grant Award


Competitively-awarded funding to support research links with Latin America,

Systematics Association Travel Bursary


Supporting travel to the SystAss Biennial meeting,

Marie Stopes Travel Awards


Supporting travel to Willi Hennig Society meetings,

University of Bath Postgraduate Student Travel Awards


Honolulu & Las Vegas
Supporting travel to Willi Hennig & Society for Vertebrate Paleontology meetings,
2010 & 2011

University of California, Riverside


2012
University of Bath
2012
So Paulo
2011
Belfast
2011
Honolulu & So Paulo
2010 & 2011

Publications
In total, at least 55 citations so far | Google Scholar h-index: 4 | ImpactStory profile for altmetrics data
14. Mounce, R. 2015. Dark Research: information content in many modern research papers is not easily
discoverable online. PeerJ PrePrints DOI: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.773v1 >1000 views
13. Mounce, R. 2014. Open Data and Palaeontology. In: S. A. Moore (ed.) Issues in Open Research Data.
Pp. 151164. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: 10.5334/ban.j
12. Murray-Rust, P., Smith-Unna, R., and Mounce, R. 2014. AMI-diagram: Mining facts from images. D-Lib
Magazine 20(11/12) DOI: 10.1045/november14-murray-rust
11. Mounce, R. 2014. The right to read is the right to mine: Text and data mining copyright exceptions
introduced in the UK. LSE Impact Blog invited, popular blog post
10. Vos, R., Biserkov, J., Balech, B., Beard, N., Blissett, M., Brenninkmeijer, C., van Dooren, T., Eades,
D., Gosline, G., Groom, Q., Hamann, T., Hettling, H., Hoehndorf, R., Holleman, A., Hovenkamp, P.,
Kelbert, P., King, D., Kirkup, D., Lammers, Y., DeMeulemeester, T., Mietchen, D., Miller, J., Mounce,
R., Nicolson, N., Page, R., Pawlik, A., Pereira, S., Penev, L., Richards, K., Sautter, G., Shorthouse, D.,
Thtinen, M., Weiland, C., Williams, A., and Sierra, S. 2014. Enriched biodiversity data as a resource and
service. Biodiversity Data Journal DOI: 10.3897/bdj.2.e1125 2 citations & >2000 views
9. Poisot, T., Mounce R., and Gravel, D. 2013. Moving toward a sustainable ecological science: dont let
data go to waste! Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 6(2) DOI: 10.4033/iee.2013.6b.14.f 9 citations
8. Mounce R. and Janies, D. 2013. Synergistic Sharing of Data and Tools to Enable Team Science. In: J.
Zander & P.J. Mosterman (eds.) Computation for Humanity - Information Technology to Advance Society
CRC Press, pp. 437-447. full text
7. Mounce R. 2013. Easy steps towards open scholarship. LSE Impact Blog invited, popular blog post
6. Mounce, R. 2013. Open access and altmetrics: Distinct but complementary. Bulletin of the American
Society for Information Science and Technology 39:14-17. DOI: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390406 22 citations
5. Garcia, A., Murray-Rust, P., Burns, G. A. P. C., Stevens, R., Tkaczyk, D., McLaughlin, C., Belin, A., Di Iorio,
A., Garcia, L., Gruson-Daniel, C., Mounce, R., Nuzzolese, A. G., Peroni, S., Spinks, J., VillazonTerrazas,
B., Corcho, O., Giraldo, O., and Wabiszewski, M. 2013. PDFJailbreak-a communal architecture for making
biomedical PDFs semantic. Proceedings of the BioLINK SIG full text 1 citation
4. Mounce, R. 2012. Twitter for systematists. The Systematist 34 full text
3. Mounce, R. 2012. Life as a Palaeontologist: Academia, the Internet and Creative Commons. Palaeontology
Online full text
2. Stoltzfus, A., OMeara, B., Whitacre, J., Mounce, R., Gillespie, E., Kumar, S., Rosauer, D., and Vos, R.
2012. Sharing and re-use of phylogenetic trees (and associated data) to facilitate synthesis. BMC Research
Notes DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-574 13 citations
1. Mounce, R. and Wills, M. 2011. Phylogenetic position of Diania challenged. Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature10266 8 citations & 2 Wikipedia mentions

Invited Talks
{ OpenCon 2014 (Washington, D.C.)
The State of Open Research Data

Nov. 15th 2014


>500 views

{ TDWG (Florence)
Sharing re-usable phylogenetic data: were not there yet

Oct. 31st 2013


>500 views

{ Licences For Europe: Text and Data Mining (European Commission, Brussels)
Content Mining: The Researcher Point-of-View

Mar. 8th 2013


>3000 views

{ Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 72nd Annual Meeting (Raleigh)


Examining character congruence and compatibility of vertebrate cladistic data

Oct. 19th 2012


>300 views

{ NESCent seminar (Durham)


Mining phyloinformatic data from the published literature

Oct. 18th 2012


>1300 views

{ International Council for Science (ICSU) workshop (Chicheley Hall)


BOAI-compliant open access/data licensing matters: content mining

Sep. 3rd 2012


>900 views

{ British Ecological Society Annual Meeting (Sheffield)


On the Importance of Open Science and Open Data

Sep. 13th 2011


>1300 views

{ The 6th Annual Open Knowledge Conference (Berlin)


Open Palaeontology: putting data on the web for all to see and use

Jul. 1st 2011


>2500 views

Other Conference Talks


FOSTER Open Science (Kings College London)
The Open Advantage for Early Career Researchers

Sep. 4th 2014


>700 views

Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (Boston, MA)


The PLUTo Project: mining phyloinformatics data from the literature

Jul. 11th 2014


Youtube

iEvoBio (Raleigh, NC)


The PLUTo Project: mining phyloinformatics data from the literature

Jun. 24th 2014


>900 views

British Ecological Society Careers Event (London)


Social Media: How it can help you do science

Nov. 28th 2013


>800 views

Beyond The PDF 2 (Amsterdam)


Simple Additions to PDF Metadata

Mar. 19th 2013


>1000 views

The 2nd Pro-iBiosphere Workshop (Leiden)


Deconstructing PDFs into SVG to extract semantic data

Feb. 14th 2013


>1400 views

The 1st Open Knowledge Festival (Helsinki)


The OKFN Panton Fellowships: from data mining to graduate training with Kershaw S.

Sep. 19th 2012


Video

Willi Hennig Society Meeting XXXI (Riverside, California)


Partitioned Supertree Support Mounce R., Davis K., Hill J., Hughes M. & Wills M.

Jun. 25th 2012


>1300 views

The 55th Palaeontology Association Annual Meeting (Plymouth)


Methods of Determining Cranial and Postcranial Character Congruence [poster]

Dec. 19th 2011


>1000 views

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 71st Annual Meeting (Las Vegas)


Nov. 2nd 2011
Phylogenetic Congruence between Cranial and Postcranial Characters in Archosaur Systematics
Willi Hennig Society Meeting XXX (Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil)
A Review of the Incongruence Length Difference test: Uses and Abuses
The 8th Biennial Systematics Association meeting (Belfast)
Nullius in Calculo: the Explicitness & Reproducibility of Cladistic Analyses

Aug. 1st 2011


>1400 views
Jul. 8th 2011
>1500 views

iEvoBio (Oklahoma) Publishing Re-usable Phylogenetic Trees


Jun. 22nd 2011
OMeara B. (presented by), Whitacre J., Mounce R., Rosauer D. F., Vos R. A. & Stoltzfus A.
Progressive Palaeontology (Leicester)
Congruence between cranial & postcranial characters in vertebrate systematics

May. 5th 2011


>1100 views

The 12th Young Systematists Forum (London)


The (continued) growth of phylogenetic information

Dec. 1st 2010


>2200 views

Willi Hennig Society meeting XXIX (Hawaii)


The congruence of morphological characters

Aug. 1st 2010

International Palaeontological Congress 3 (London)


How do fossils influence estimates of phylogeny? Wills, M.A. (presented by) & Mounce, R.

Jul. 3rd 2010

Professional Service
Council Member for the Systematics Association 2012-present
Subject Editor for Biodiversity Data Journal (Pensoft) 2013-present
Organising Committee for OpenCon 2014 & 2015; Young Systematists Forum 2013, 2014 & 2015
Reviewer for BMC Bioinformatics, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Bioinformatics (OUP),
Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, ZooKeys, PeerJ PrePrints
Publons reviewer profile

Technical and Personal skills


{ Web / Programming Languages: Proficient in: R, Perl, Python, bash, LATEX, Markdown, HTML
Also basic ability with: JavaScript
{ Specific tool expertise & experience: Unix tools & data science at the command line; R packages
including ape, phangorn, treebase, dplyr, reshape, tm, SnowballC, VennDiagram; Authorea, Overleaf
& Github for manuscript preparation; PAUP; TNT; MrBayes; POY; RAxML; Dendroscope; BioPhylo;
TreeSnatcher Plus; FigTree; Eclipse IDE; Mesquite; ghosts; Supertree Toolkit 2; PICA and many more...
{ Communication Skills: Excellent presentation skills. Works well in a team. Good at technical writing for
both academic and lay audiences. Enthusiastic online communicator through videos, podcasts, blogs and
social media. First-rate in-person communication too.

Courses and Workshops Attended


Supertree Toolkit 2 (University of Bath)
A training course on how to use the STK2 program for managing supertree data

Dec. 2014

Phylogenetic Comparative Methods Workshop (Raleigh, SVP)


Oct. 2012
Accounting for phylogenetic uncertainty, correlated evolution, phylogenetic retrodiction and rates of
character evolution. Taught by Chris Organ, Chris Venditti and Andrew Meade.
Linking Open Data in Biology using Ontologies (Hinxton, EBI)
An introduction to RDF, triples, ontologies and literature mining.

May 2011

Data-intensive Paleobiological Research using PaleoDB (Edinburgh, NeSC)


Learning statistics, accounting for uncertainty, and methods of querying PaleoDB data.

Apr. 2011

2nd EDIT Summer School (Muranska Planina National Park, Slovakia)


Field-based learning about taxonomy. Small mammals, plants and insects.

Jul. 2009

Popular Media
Voice of Russia UK radio show
Discussing RCUK Open Access policy and academic publishing

Aug. 2012

BBC Radio 3, live-broadcast debate on Open Access


Night Waves programme with MP David Willetts & Dame Janet Finch

Oct. 2012

Nature News, Ive been interviewed for quotes on:


Data sharing in palaeontology 2011-03-11 ; Open Access 2013-02-06 ; Text-mining 2013-03-20 ;
Careers advice 2013-03-27 ; Secret publishing deals 2014-06-26 ; A PLOS ONE paper 2015-01-29 ;
Sparrhos literature recommendation & discovery service 2014-09-03
Journal of Ecology podcast
An interview, recorded by Scott Chamberlain on open data and open access

References
{ Up to 3 references available on request

Apr. 2013