The team is composed of four sub-teams: a core committee, a science committee, the digitization team and the website development team:

Vision: Discovery of how demography affects and shapes the evolution, abundance and distribution of organisms across the tree of life.

Mission: Facilitating comparative analysis of plant and animal demography through provision of data infrastructure, tools and open-access data.

Core committee member roles:

  • Provide for the sustainability of the databases through direction setting, database development and funding applications.
    • Contribute to annual core committee meetings
    • Seek & apply for funding for workshops & core meetings
  • Facilitate the coordination and distribution of data digitization.
    • Provide guidance on coordination of digitization through the institution of a head COMPADRino in the local node and COMPADRinos to digitize, error-check, complement and develop routines for comparative demographic analyses using matrix population models.
    • Seek and apply for funding opportunities to set up distributed digitization nodes and develop and contribute digitization training resources (see digitization structure figure).
  • Collaborate on training, research and review projects on plant and animal demography as opportunities arise
    • Initiate, lead and co-author papers, books, grant applications using the databases


  • Make recommendation on future directions of COMPADRE and COMADRE.
  • Help the core committee to obtain funding to secure the continuity of the database.
  • Point out missing information and/or species in the database from gray literature.
  • Encourage the scientific community to use COMPADRE and COMADRE.
University of Exeter
University of Exeter
University of Sheffield (Formerly Exeter)

Computing Development Officer Roles

  • Create and maintain an opensource querable SQL database
  • Implement new tools to explore the database for end users
  • Provide educational resources to teach individuals of all ages about demography
  • Implement a reliable back-up system to prevent data loss
  • Make it possible for other organizations to mirror the database if they wish

The COMPADRE/COMADRE digitization team (the COMPADRINOs) are organized among several nodes. Each node’s team is responsible for digitizing data for a particular subset of publications, which are then centrally merged to main databases ready for release to the public. In addition to digitizing, the team conducts a series of error checks and supplements the published data with additional information where necessary. Wherever required, and where possible, the COMPADRINOs contact the original publication authors to obtain any missing information.

Organisation Chart


Alain Finn: Research Assistant; joined 2016 (Trinity College Dublin)
Christina Harden: B.S., Environmental & Sustainability Sciences; joined 2016 (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Danny Buss: Computing Development Officer, joined 2015 (University of Exeter)
Elisa Teichmann: B.Sc. Biology; joined 2015 (MPIDR)
Jakob Voigt: B.A. Social Sciences (B. Sc. Business Informatics starting in October 2016); joined 2014 (MPIDR)
Janek Meißner: B.Sc. Biology; joined 2015 (MPIDR)
Julia Wille: M.Sc. Demography; joined 2013 (MPIDR)
Kevin Healy: Postdoc. Variation in life-history traits in plants and animals; joined 2015 (Trinity College Dublin)
Philip Wilson: B.Sc. Zoology; joined 2016 (University of Exeter)
Sandra Schneider: M. Sc. Demography; joined 2014 (MPIDR)
Simon Rolph: PhD Ecology & Evolution (Sheffield); joined 2016
Veronika Sommer: M.Sc. Functional Plant Science; joined in 2014 (MPIDR)


Gesa Römer, Claudia Farack , Christoph Bein, Erik Brinks, Hendrik de Buhr, Gabriela Cosma, Alexander Hartmann, Anne Henning, Gabriel Hoppe, Christin Endert, Elizabeth McCuaig, Jens Runge, Tara Ruoff, Henry Tai, Bonnie Waring, Angela Zeh, Stefan Zeh.