Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Katharine Barker

Supervisory Program Manager

Katharine Barker has been the Program Coordinator and now Manager of the Global Genome Initiative since 2011.  She is responsible for the day to day operational and administrative management of The Global Genome Initiative and Global Genome Biodiversity Network.  Ms. Barker received an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri.


Vanessa L. González, Amanda M. Devine, Mike Trizna, Daniel G. Mulcahy, Katharine B. Barker, Jonathan A. Coddington. 2018. Genomic resources for terrestrial arthropods. Current Opinion in Insect Science. Vol. 25 pgs 91-98.  

Jose D. Zúñiga, Morgan R. Gostel, Daniel G. Mulcahy, Katharine Barker, Asia Hill, Maryam Sedaghatpour, Samantha Q. Vo, Vicki A. Funk, Jonathan A. Coddington. 2018. Data Release: DNA barcodes of plant species collected for the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. PhytoKeys. 88: 119-122.

Kevin McCluskey, Katharine B. Barker,, Hazel A. Barton, Kyria Boundy-Mills,, Daniel R. Brown, Jonathan A. Coddington, Kevin Cook, Philippe Desmeth, David Geiser, Jessie A. Glaeser,, Stephanie Greene, Seogchan Kang, Michael W. Lomas, Ulrich Melcher, Scott E. Miller, David R. Nobles, Kristina J. Owens, Jerome H. Reichman, Manuela da Silva, John Wertz, Cale Whitworth, David Smith (2017) The U.S. Culture Collection Network Responding to the Requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. mBio vol. 8 no. 4 e00982-17 doi: 10.1128/mBio.00982-17   

Gostel M., Barker K. (2016) GGI-Gardens: Preserving Global Plant Diversity. Taxon 65(5):1217-1218 doi: 10.12705/655.44

Droege G., Barker K., Seberg O., Coddington J., Benson E., Berendsohn WG., Bunk B., Butler C., Cawsey E.M., Deck J., Döring M., Flemons P., Gemeinholzer B., Güntsch A., Hollowell T., Kelbert P., Kostadinov I., Kottmann R., Lawlor R.T., Lyal C., Mackenzie-Dodds J., Meyer C., Mulcahy D.G., Nussbeck S.Y., Ó Tuama É., Orrell T., Petersen G., Robertsen T., Sohngen C., Whitacre J., Wieczorek J., Yilmaz P., Zetzsche H., Zhang Y., Zhou X.  (2016) The Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) Data Standard specification. Database. baw125. DOI: 10.1093/database/baw125

Mulcahy DG, Macdonald III KS, Brady SG, Meyer C, Barker KB, Coddington J. (2016) Greater than X kb: A quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA. PeerJ 4:e2202v1

Seberg, O., Droege, G., Barker, K., Coddington, J.A., Funk, A., Gostel, M., Petersen, G. & Smith, P.P. (2016): Global Genome Biodiversity Network: Saving a blueprint of the Tree of Life – A botanical perspective. Annals of Botany. DOI:10.1093/aob/mcw121 

Kelbert P., Droege G., Barker K., Braak K., Cawsey E.M., Coddington J., Robertson T., Whitacre J., Güntsch A. (2015) B-HIT-A Tool for Harvesting and Indexing Biodiversity Data. PLOS ONE, 10 (11).
Droege G., Barker K., Astrin J., Bartels P., Butler C., Cantrill D., Coddington J., Forest F., Gemeinholzer B., Hobern D., Mackenzie-Dodds J., Ó Tuama É., Petersen G., Sanjur O., Schindel D., Seberg O. (2014) The Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) Data Portal. Nucleic Acids Research, Vol. 42, D607-D612.

Deck J., Barker K., Beaman R., Buttigieg P., Droege G., Guralnick R., Miller M., Ó Tuama É., Murrell Z., Parr C., Robbins B., Schigel D., Stucky B., Walls R., Wieczorek J., Morrison N., Wooley J. (2013). Clarifying Concepts and Terms in Biodiversity Informatics. Standards in Genomic Sciences, Vol 8, No 2.

Schopp L., Good G., Mazurek M., Barker K., Stucky R. (2007). Masculine role variables and outcomes among men with spinal cord injury.  Disability & Rehabilitation, 29 (8): 625-633.

Schopp L., Good G., Barker K., Mazurek M., Hathaway S. (2006). Masculine role adherence and outcomes among men with traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 20 (11):1155-1162.

Barker, K. (2006). The functional morphology of the hominoid clavicle. M. A. Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA.