The ScholCommLab is home to visiting faculty, postdocs, and students, as well as research collaborators from across the world.


Juan Pablo Alperin

Juan Pablo Alperin is a co-director of the ScholCommLab, as well as an associate professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and an associate director of research of the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

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Stefanie Haustein

Stefanie Haustein is a co-director of the ScholCommLab as well as an associate professor at the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on social media in scholarly communication, bibliometrics, and altmetrics.

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Research Associates

Rukhsana Ahmed

Rukhsana Ahmed is associate professor and chair in the Department of Communication and research associate at the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA.

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Germana Barata

Germana Barata is a science communication researcher at the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism and the Centre for the Development of Creativity at the University of Campinas, Brazil.

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Sanam Ebrahimzadeh

Sanam Ebrahimzadeh is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where her research focuses on systematic reviews and academic promotion and assessment criteria. She is also affiliated with the Scholarly Communication Lab, University of Ottawa, where she works on scholarly metrics.

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Lauren Maggio

Lauren Maggio is a professor of medicine and the associate director of scholarly communication for the Center for Health Professions Education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the United States.

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Mario Malički

After finishing School of Medicine at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, Mario Malički obtained an MA in Literature and Medicine at King’s College, London, UK. He then worked at the University of Split School of Medicine in Departments of Medical Humanities and Research in biomedicine and health, where he obtained his PhD in Medical Ethics titled Integrity of scientific publications in biomedicine.

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Laura Moorhead

Laura Moorhead is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department. She works to improve professional and educational practices in the areas of access to research and health information and media and information literacy.

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Anton Boudreau Ninkov

Anton Boudreau Ninkov is a professeur adjoint at l’école de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI) at l’Université de Montréal and a research associate at the ScholCommLab. Anton’s research focuses on visual analytics systems as well as bibliometrics and webometrics.

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Isabella Peters

Dr. Isabella Peters is professor of Web Science at ZBW Leibniz-Information Center for Economics and Kiel University, Germany. She studies user-generated content and social media in scholarly communication and other use cases, altmetrics, data citations, and open access, as well as other open science practices.

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Katherine Reilly

Katherine Reilly is associate professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Broadly speaking, her work focuses on the role of communications in international relations and international development.

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Michelle Riedlinger

Michelle Riedlinger is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her research focuses on the communication of environmental science, health research, and risk assessment.

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Chantal Ripp

Chantal Ripp is a research librarian at the University of Ottawa. Data services, data literacy, and government information are her main areas of responsibility.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Noha Atef

Noha Atef is postdoctoral media researcher with a professional background in the press, broadcast journalism, and online media. Her postdoctoral research focuses on social media, citizen media, emerging trends in journalism, the political economy of communication, and media studies.

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Natascha Chtena

Natascha Chtena is a postdoctoral fellow in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University and a research coordinator for the VOICES project (Value of Openness, Inclusion, Communication, and Engagement for Science in a Post-Pandemic World) at the ScholCommLab.

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Kathleen Gregory

Kathleen Gregory is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa and at the University of Vienna. Her research explores how people discover, communicate, understand, and use data in academia and in public life.

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Olivia Aguiar

Olivia Aguiar is a lab manager at the ScholCommLab and a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University’s Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab (IPML). Her research uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand how and why head acceleration events occur in ice hockey.

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Fatou Bah

Fatou Bah is a Data Support Specialist, Research Data Management at the University of Ottawa library, a part time student of uOttawa’s School of Information Studies (ÉSIS), and a researcher in the ScholCommLab.

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Leigh-Ann Butler

Leigh-Ann Butler is a part-time master’s student at uOttawa’s School of Information Studies (ÉSIS), working on her thesis with supervisor Stefanie Haustein. Her research explores the economics of open access publishing.

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Asura Enkhbayar

Asura Enkhbayar is an Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student and data scientist at the ScholCommLab working under the supervision of Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin. He is interested in critically exploring the infrastructure of scholarly communication in the 21st century at the intersection of philosophy and technology.

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Alice Fleerackers

Alice Fleerackers (she/her) is a researcher at the ScholCommLab and a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, where she works under the supervision of Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin to explore how health science is communicated online.

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Lina Harper

Lina Harper (she/​they) is currently completing a master’s thesis in Information Studies at the University of Ottawa (2022) under thesis supervisor Dr. Stefanie Haustein. Her research focuses on research data reuse among digital humanities scholars.

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Michelle La

Michelle La works as a qualitative analyst on the ScholCommLab’s Review, Promotion, and Tenure Project. Her graduate research investigates the economic practices and spaces of sneaker reselling by focusing on risk and speculation amongst traders in Metro Vancouver.

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Esteban Morales

Esteban Morales works as a qualitative researcher on the ScholCommLab’s Review, Promotion, and Tenure and projects. His main research interest is how data and media literacies relate to the notion of citizenship in students, especially in countries such as his home country, Colombia, that are facing the end of a conflict.

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Emma Roblin

Emma Roblin is a first-year master’s student at the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) at the University of Ottawa. She has as an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and has worked in the non-profit arts sector.

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Cecilia Rozemblum

Cecilia Rozemblum holds a degree in librarianship and documentation from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) and a master’s in science, technology, and society from the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (UNQ), where she is currently working on a PhD in science and technology.

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Rémi Toupin

Rémi Toupin is a PhD candidate in science, technologie, et société at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His work focuses on social media use for public engagement with science, especially surrounding environmental issues.

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Saskia van Walsum

Saskia van Walsum is a future research librarian at Statistics Canada and PhD student at the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) at uOttawa, under the supervision of Stefanie Haustein.

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Heather Woods

Heather Woods is a part-time professor and doctoral candidate, under the supervision of Dr. David Smith, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her work explores how social and emotional learning is enacted and evolves within Canadian schools through research, policy, and practice.

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Huma Zafar

Huma Zafar is a programmer analyst at the University of Ottawa library, and a master’s student in the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) at uOttawa.

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Visiting Scholars

Diane (DeDe) Dawson

Diane (DeDe) Dawson is an Associate Librarian (Science and Scholarly Communication) at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.

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Isabelle Dorsch

Isabelle Dorsch is a research associate and PhD candidate at the Department of Information Science, Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Lisa Matthias

Lisa Matthias is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, and a visiting scholar at the ScholCommLab.

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Andrea Whiteley

Andrea Whiteley is a short-term postdoctoral researcher at the ScholCommLab working on a developmental evaluation of the Community Scholars Program.

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Master’s Students

Erica Morissette

Masters of Information Studies, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa


Thesis: Open data

Past Associates

Rodrigo Costas

Kendal Crawford

Fereshteh Didegah

Erik Hanson

Alyssa Jeffrey

Tristan Lamonica

David Moscrop

Enrique Orduña Malea

Janina Sarol

Iara Vidal

Kate Williams