Gretchen Stahlman


Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science


Alexander Library 405C

Gretchen Stahlman investigates the social, technical and institutional infrastructures that mediate scholarly communication and long-term management of scientific data. Her work incorporates a mixed-methods approach including interviews and workshops, survey research, bibliometrics and text analysis.


University of Arizona
Ph.D. Information

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Library Science

New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
B.S., General Studies


Gretchen Stahlman’s current research projects investigate the characteristics and accessibility of data associated with published journal articles, with a particular interest in disparate and heterogeneous “long tail” data across disciplines, as well as the information behavior of scientists seeking to publish, locate and reuse such data. To address these research topics, Stahlman has participated in grant proposal writing and project activities for NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure development, while engaging with scientific communities through workshops, interviews, and surveying authors of published papers. The overall purpose of her present and future work is to inform open science and scholarly communication initiatives, as well as development of methods, services and infrastructures for long-term data curation and information retrieval.

Funded Projects

SC&I Grant for Individual Faculty Research (GIFR), "Discovering data through text: modeling the information behavior of scientists across domains", $4,000, December 2019

Dissertation Research Grant (University of Arizona/Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute), “Exploring the Long Tail of Astronomy: A Mixed-Methods Study”, $1,986, 2018

Graduate Research Assistantship funded by the “Astrolabe Project” (University of Arizona Accelerate for Success grant, and NSF SI2-SSE award #1642446, “Visualizing Astronomy Repository Data using WorldWide Telescope Software Systems”), 2016-2017 - Participated in proposal writing

Research & Project Grant (University of Arizona/Graduate and Professional Student Council), $1,065, 2014

Selected Publications

Stahlman, G.R. & Heidorn, P.B. (2020). Mapping the “long tail” of research funding: A topic analysis of NSF grant proposals in the Division of Astronomical Sciences. Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), October 23-28, 2020.

Stahlman, G. R., & Sheffield, C. (2019). Geoparsing biodiversity heritage library collections: A preliminary exploration. iConference 2019 Proceedings.

Stahlman, G.S., Heidorn, P.B., Steffen, J. (2018). The Astrolabe Project: Identifying and curating astronomical ‘dark data’ through development of cyberinfrastructure resources. EPJ Web of Conferences, 186, 03003.

Heidorn, P. B., Stahlman, G. R., & Steffen, J. (2018). Astrolabe: Curating, Linking, and Computing Astronomy’s Dark Data. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 236(1), 3.

Brooks, C. F., Heidorn, P. B., Stahlman, G. R., and Chong, S. S. (2016). Working beyond the confines of academic discipline to resolve a real-world problem: A community of scientists discussing long-tail data in the cloud. First Monday.

Awards & Recognitions

iConference Doctoral Colloquium, 2019

LEADS Fellowship (LEADS-4-NDP/Drexel University), 2018

La Serena School of Data Science - scholarship and travel support (National Optical Astronomy Observatory), 2015

Research Development Fellowship (University of Arizona/Office for Research, Discovery & Innovation), 2015-2016

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