For Tom Gulbransen, better decisions start with better data. A Senior Research Scientist on the Battelle Environmental Services Team, Tom has devoted much of his 33-year career to advancing the science of ecosystem informatics. Much of Tom’s current work is focused on the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Tom serves as the Project Manager for Cyber Infrastructure and Data Products Development for the program. In addition to his work on NEON, Tom supports other Battelle clients as a Senior Scientist, Lead Systems Designer or Technical/Project Manager. His recent fieldwork has focused on eutrophication and sediment contamination investigations in regional scale coastal ecosystems, such as Jamaica Bay, Great South Bay and New York Bight. He also co-led Battelle’s work with BP on the Deepwater Horizon response, during which he helped coordinate a team of more than 100 IT staff members. He has played a key role in advancing numerous innovative software applications to serve environmental managers, such as: Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) models for environmental restoration, an oil spill ontology knowledgebase of over 30,000 semantic terms and relationships, a Weight of Evidence model for dredged material beneficial use planning, a fuzzy logic data evaluation tool for consensus building, an expert system for Toxicity Identification/Reduction Evaluations, and numerous database models.