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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: 734/763-2285
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‚ÄźChampaign 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


2021-2022 Faculty Awards
Faculty awards recognize outstanding instruction, leadership and community-engaged research

Five faculty members have received recognition for teaching excellence and for their service to the community and UMSI.

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Andrea Thomer
Andrea Thomer harnesses the power of citizen science with two new projects

UMSI assistant professor Andrea Thomer has been collaborating with teams in Michigan and California to use the citizen science platform Zooniverse to digitize decades of archival data.

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