Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Academic Affairs | Member of the Graduate Faculty | Professor, School of Information
P. Bryan Heidorn's areas of research include natural language processing, text mining for metadata and information retrieval, particularly in biodiversity literature, and museum informatics. As the Director of the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, Dr. Heidorn is working on multiple projects to digitize National Park Service Records and US Forest Service Research Data.
Heidorn became the Director of the School of Information when the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) merged with the School of Information Science, Technology and Arts (SISTA) in July 2015 forming the School of Information. From 2009 to 2015 he was the Director of that school. Dr. Heidorn stepped down as Director in January 2019 and now serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs. Prior to coming to the UA, Heidorn was a faculty member of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before arriving in Arizona he served two years as a program manager of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation. For 7 years ending 2013, Bryan served in a number of posts at the JRS Biodiversity Foundation including President, VP, and Grants Committee Chair. JRS funds work in Africa and South America for biodiversity informatics projects. He has served for several years on the Organization for Tropical Studies Science and Informatics Committees. He is currently the Chair of the Informatics Committee and on the OTS Board of Directors.