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University of Michigan School of Information

Andrea Thomer

Andrea Thomer

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Reasearch Email: Phone: 734/764-5876
Office: School of Information/3435 North Quad. 501 S. State St. Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Dr. Andrea Thomer is an assistant professor of information. She conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of scientific data curation and data practices; science and technology studies -- "meta" examinations of how scientific research gets done; and computer supported cooperative work in scholarly research settings.

She is especially interested in long-term data curation and knowledge infrastructure sustainability; database curation; integrative data reuse; and the collaborative use and curation of natural science data.

Dr. Thomer earned her doctorate at the School of Information at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in 2017. She has prior work experience in natural history museum curation and paleontology, which she she continues to draw on in her research.



Areas of interest

Data curation, scholarly data practices, knowledge infrastructures, information organization, provenance and reproducibility, earth science informatics, biodiversity informatics, natural history museums, CSCW


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

BA, UCLA, 2007


Headshots of Sara Lafia, postdoctoral researcher, Morgan Wofford, PhD student. "Earth Science Information Partners, 2022 Community Fellows, UMSI logo."
Two UMSI scholars awarded prestigious ESIP fellowships

Two UMSI scholars win prestigious ESIP Community Fellowships for their work in bridging the gap between informatics and earth science. 

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Headshots of Alexandria Rayburn and Andrea Thomer. "iConference 2022, Best Poster Award, 'The Craft of Database Curation: Taking Cues from Quiltmaking,' UMSI logo."
Rayburn and Thomer bring home Best Poster award from iConference

Alexandria Rayburn and Andrea Thomer earn Best Poster award at the 2022 iConference.

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