Dr. David Schindel is the Executive Secretary of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL), an international initiative hosted by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History and supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation. The Consortium includes natural history museums and other biodiversity research organizations and is devoted to developing a global system for identifying species using short genetic sequences.
Dr. Schindel was trained as an invertebrate paleontologist and holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Harvard. He was a member Yale University’s Department of Geology & Geophysics and was Curator of Invertebrate Fossils in the Yale Peabody Museum from 1978 to 1986. In 1986, Dr. Schindel joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he directed a variety of funding programs that provided support for: research in systematic biology; improving facilities and constructing specimen databases in natural history museums and herbaria; improving elementary school science education; major research instrumentation; interdisciplinary research centers; and strategic evaluation. During 1997 Dr. Schindel worked in the U.S. Senate as a Brookings Institution LEGIS Fellow in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Schindel served as the National Science Foundation’s European representative, based in the US Embassy in Paris.
Dr. Schindel can be contacted at: telephone 202/633-0812; fax 202/633-2938; portable 202/557-1149
Ms. Fritzsche joined the Secretariat from within the Smithsonian. She spent one year at the Smithsonian’s Office of Sponsored Projects working in grant administration. Prior to the Smithsonian, Ms. Fritzsche spent three years teaching high school English in Japan. She graduated from DePauw University where she majored in Art History and minored in French and Asian Studies. She gained experience in international relations while living in France and Japan.
Ms. Fritzsche can be contacted at: telephone 202/633-0808; fax 202/633-2938