Board of Directors

Carolyn J. Lawrence-Dill

Iowa State University, USA Depts. of Genetics, Development & Cell Biology and Agronomy 1035B Roy J Carver Co- Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 USA

Carolyn has devoted the last 15 years to developing computational systems/solutions that support the plant research community. She led the USDA’s maize model organism database MaizeGDB ( for a decade, currently coordinates the development of the information platform for the US maize Genomes to Fields initiative (, and is an active member of the community working to put in place methods for phenotype data access, analyses, and re-use. Carolyn’s research has been supported by over $18M in grants and contracts and she has served in advisory roles as a member of the Maize Genetics Executive Committee (2014 chair), the iPlant/CyVerse Scientific Advisory Board, the maize nomenclature committee, the Legume Information System Working Group, the SoyBase Working Group, etc. To learn more about her contributions to plant biology and information access, visit

For DivSeek Intl, Carolyn supports the use of existing and emerging knowledge to establish common standards and methods for data collection, integration, and sharing. This will help to increase the availability of data and data analysis tools for plant biologists working in diverse crops across the world.