stevegreendesign © 2008 Pamela Palma
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I specialize in not specializing, but my work has focused on 3 broad themes:

Ecology and Network Theory
Data Storytelling
Making the Complex Simple.

I like to connect the dots among problems, people, projects, and...
pretty much anything, actually.


Huge thanks to the Quid team for their work on my recent TED talk with Sean Gourley on the network structure of 24,000 TEDx talks.

Applying network theory to help save the Yosemite Toad in PLOS. Awesome to collaborate with Lucas Joppa at Microsoft Research on this.

How can we spark a new Personal Data Economy that benefits us? A first-ever collectively mapped problem network.

#WeTheData communicates major issues around how our personal data are used.

Simplifying Complexity TED Global 2010
Vibrant Data Inc.

Vibrant Data is a place where my co-founders and I want to empower people to ask better questions with data.

We are currently building the Vibrant Data MAPPR - a cloud-based tool to collaboratively map, analyze, visualize, and explore complex networks.

We prioritize projects that are interesting, fun, and socially impactful.

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Ecological Networks

Species in natural ecosystems are connected through energy flow (i.e., feeding) and myriad other interdependencies. “Everything is connected to everything else,” but these connections are not random.

What is the network structure of nature? How can we predict which species, if lost, have the biggest system-wide impact? How do these complex systems 'manage risk'? What can we glean about the dyanmics of a network from it's structure alone?

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Data-Driven Conservation

I have been conducting research on wilderness mountain ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada of California since 1996. I continue to collobarate with a great team of reserachers to develop data-driven approaches for better managing natural ecosystems. Our current research focuses on protecting engandered amphibians in Yosemite National Park.



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Socio-Ecological Networks

This collaboration with Tobias Luthe's research group focuses on the resilience of arctic and alpine communities to global environmental change. We are exploring both the social network structure of collaborations among businesses in isolated communities, and the network of interdependencies between those businesses and ecosystem services.

ArcAlpNet Project

>> Dogsled-Accessed Arctic Skiing
>> Skiing Kamchatka's Volcanoes
>> Grown Skis visits Swall

Swall Institute

The "Swall Institute" is a creative incubation space in California's Eastern Sierra about 20 mi from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH).

It can accomodate informal working groups for 10 people or less. 7 is ideal.

It is the product of lots of dreaming, sweat, and love, and the help of countless friends. If you are interested in using it, email me.

>> Swall Institute website
>> Telemarking with Growns! [VIDEO]
>> Sierra Backcountry Forecasts
>> Swall point forecast


Proud to be one of many part owners of the Awaken Café, an award-winning green business in downtown Oakland.






>> Awaken website