The core of Our-Sci is software, hardware, and community engagement experts whose knowledge can be applied to a wide range of communities. When Our-Sci, or a motivated community, identifies an opportunity to build research capacity, we choose a specific partner on the ground who has the skills, knowledge, and trust of that community. These partners drive the project, while Our-Sci developers support their progress.


Dan TerAvest

Dan TerAvest has a PhD in soil science and over 5 years’ experience working with smallholder farmers in southern and eastern Africa. Prior to Our-Sci, he coordinated international research collaborations for the PhotosynQ project at Michigan State University. Full resume.

Greg Austic

Greg is an open technology advocate, co-organizer of the Gathering of Open Science Hardware GOSH and the Gathering for Open Ag Tech (GOAT). He’s a jack of all trades capable of getting an idea off the ground quickly and inexpensively.  Prior to Our Sci, he helped create the MultispeQ, a low-cost photosynthesis meter, and PhotosynQ, a platform for collecting and sharing plant health data. Full resume.

Jon Zeeff

Jon is a 30 year veteran of Ford Motor Company and 2 software startups. Highly skilled low-level programmer (c, c++), analog and digital circuit design, and a primary contributor to the MultispeQ v1.0 hardware and firmware. Full resume.

Nexus Computing

Manuel Di Cerbo and Andreas Rudolf of Nexus Computing are Android developers with a special focus on connected devices (IoT). Combining knowledge of lower-level device programming and a smart sense of design, there are few android-related problems the Nexus group can’t solve.


Global Urban Forest

Matthew Daniel of Global Urban Forest is an arborist passionate about tree health. We are working the Matt to build a platform to efficiently track tree health using scientifically rigorous standards. We believe this could decrease costs for city councils by identifying sick trees before they are too far gone, engage community groups by providing a platform for them to contribute useful data, and build a public repository of comparable, validated, and scientific quality tree health information.

Bionutrient Food Association

Bionutrient Food Association
The BFA has a membership of 600 farmers, academics, gardeners, and engaged consumers who all share an interest in better understanding of the connections between soil quality, food quality, and human health. Dan Kittredge, executive director and founder, feels that this thriving community is ready to go beyond anecdotal evidence and one-off studies, and more towards a more coherent and community-driven research model. Our Sci is collaborating with the BFA to help identify funding for their next steps, engage BFA and their collaborators in planning, and help identify and develop the technology needed to execute that plan.

Dan Kane, Yale University

Dan Kane
Dan Kane is a PhD student at Yale University studying soil carbon sequestration. Dan is interested in using tools to more quickly and inexpensively measure soil carbon in soils in his own research. He’s also interested in the long term goal of seeing soil carbon as an accepted sequestration pathway in the markets for carbon credits. If this happened, building soil carbon would not only build soil quality as it does today, but also generate carbon credits and could drive carbon sequestration at a scale that’s currently impossible using market forces.

Sieg Snapp, Michigan State University

Sieg Snapp
Professor Sieg Snapp is a soils and cropping systems ecologist at Michigan State University and Associate Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. She has edited two books and published over 200 journal articles, chapters and extension bulletins on sustainable soil management, integrated nutrient management, ecological intensification, agricultural systems, and participatory action research. She and her students collaborate with our-sci and we share the commitment to citizen science, open data and participatory design. For over two decades Snapp and her research group have worked on soil health testing for farmers and for better, evidence-based decision making. The reflectometer is a first breakthrough approach to understanding soil organic carbon and nutrient cycling, and providing actionable information to land managers and policy makers. Sieg is working with Our-Sci in Malawi to test the reflectometer and associated Smart Ag technology at scale with 600 farmers and dozens of Malawi extension colleagues. For more information