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Adam Rivers

Computational Biologist

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Phone: (352) 374-5930

1600-1700 SW 23rd Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

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Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2009

B.A. Biology/Chemistry, New College of Florida, 2001


My research focuses on developing new software and computational methods to advance agriculture by understanding and controlling microbial communities and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to agricultural data.

Research areas

  • Applying machine learning to agricultural data (sequence, image, and chemometric data)
  • Engineering and optimizing microbial consortia
  • Developing software (e.g. Itsxpress, Guidemaker) for bioinformatics
  • Applying volatiles mass spectrometry and machine learning to agricultural challenges
  • Viral metagenomics

Service areas

  • Design and sequencing of amplicon, metagenome, and metatranscriptome experiments
  • The development of training courses for ARS, like our 2019 UF/ARS Machine learning Workshop
  • Guiding SCINet ARS’s scientific computing initiative as Chair of the SCINet Advisory Committee
  • Establishing the ARS AI Center of Excellence in collaboration with our Associate Administrator and Chief Scientific information officer
  • Editorial board for the journal ACS Agriculture Science and Technology

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