Andrea Thomer

105 S State St
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information


Dr. Andrea Thomer is an assistant professor of digital curation. She earned her doctorate at the School of Information at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in 2017. She conducts research in the areas of digital curation, natural history museum informatics, information organization, and information system usability. She is particularly interested in the long-term usability of digital collections and their infrastructures. Prior to her work in information science, she was an excavator at the La Brea Tar Pits, a rich fossil site in Los Angeles. She continues to draw on her experience in paleontology, evolutionary biology, and museums in her work.

Areas of interest

data curation, information organization, provenance, museum informatics, earth science informatics, biodiversity informatics, CSCW.


PhD, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
BA, UCLA, 2007