Tansy Burns


Research Scientist

I am the research coordinator for Simonscmap, a collection of harmonized data and open-source tools developed to investigate the hidden worlds of ocean microbes. I coordinate work and planning within the Simons-CMAP group, and I am also the point of contact for collaborators and Simons-CMAP users. My career has spanned ocean research, program/project management, and education, and I most enjoy working where these areas intersect.

tansy at uw.edu

Education PhD, Oceanography, University of Washington, 2008 MS, Biology, San Francisco State University, 2002 BS, Zoology, University of Washington, 1999

Positions Held Research Coordinator, University of Washington, 2020-Present Academic Specialist, University of Washington, 2013-2020 Coordinator, Master of Science in Science for Teachers Program, University of Washington, 2013-2015 Program Manager and Lecturer, OACIS GK12 Program, University of Washington, 2008-2013 Education and Outreach Specialist with COSEE-OLC, University of Washington, 2008-2013 Instructor, Ocean Research College Academy, Everett Community College, 2007-2008 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington, 2002-2008 Graduate Research Assistant, San Francisco State University, 2000-2002 Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Labs, 1999-2000

Publications Simons Collaborative Marine Atlas Project (Simons CMAP): An Open‐Source Portal to Share, Visualize, and Analyze Ocean Data. 2021. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 19(7): 488-496. M.D. Ashkezari, N.R. Hagen, M. Denholtz, A. Neang, T.C. Burns, R.L. Morales, C.P. Lee, C.N. Hill, E.V. Armbrust. Benefits and limitations of iPads in the high school science classroom and a trophic cascade lesson plan. 2013. Journal of Geoscience Education. 61(4):378-384. N.D. Ward, R.J. Finley, R.G. Keil, T. Clay.

Swimming performance as a constraint on larval morphology in plutei. 2011. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 423:185-196. T.W. Clay, D. Grünbaum.

Morphology-flow interactions lead to stage-selective vertical transport of larval sand-dollars in shear flow. 2010. Journal of Experimental Biology. 213:1281-1292. T.W. Clay, D. Grünbaum.

How Plankton Swim: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Using Mathematics and Physics to Understand the Biology of the Natural World. 2008. American Biology Teacher. 70(6): 363-370. T. Clay, D. Grünbaum, J. Fox, P. Jumars.

A Taste of Physics in a Marine Biology Classroom. 2006. Washington Science Teachers Association Journal. November edition. J. Fox, T. Clay, D. Grünbaum.

Bridging K-12/13-20 Science Education in Washington: Summer Environmental Education Days (SEED). 2006. Washington Science Teachers Association Journal. March edition. C. Henry, C. Kubota, M. Groom, J. Eisele, W. Gold, T.W. Clay.

The effects of thin layers on the vertical distribution of larval Pacific Herring, Clupea pallasi. 2004. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 305: 171-189. T.W. Clay, S.M. Bollens, A.B. Bochdansky, T.R. Ignoffo.