Ellen Brown is the USGS Data Steward working with the Southeast and South Central regional CASCs to guide the release of data and software products. She provides data management and policy support throughout the science data lifecycle and is interested in the long-term preservation and quality assurance of scientific data. Ellen holds M.S. degrees in information sciences and physical chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She completed a data management practicum at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC), focusing on the migration of ASCII text files to netCDF and writing metadata using Climate and Forecast (CF) metadata conventions. Her research in chemistry was a computational project examining solvation properties of superfluid helium-4 droplets using density functional theory. Prior to this position, she worked as an instructor of chemistry and science librarian.