Chris Pelkie

Application Systems Analyst
Chris Pelkie photographing birds from the R/V Jaeger

My chief responsibility is to organize and archive BRP’s vast data collection, now more than 0.5 petabyte and growing at approximately 5 to 10 percent per year. I have created and manage a FileMaker database for this purpose and also manage several NAS devices and several computers and servers for the analysis staff. After graduating from Cornell (A.B., majoring in neurobiology and behavior), I have been a carpenter’s assistant, professional musician (pedal steel guitar), VW mechanic and shop owner, manager of a foreign car parts store, then rejoined Cornell as a field worker for pomology (picking apples, pruning thousands of trees in Ithaca winters), research technician for Dr. Kraig Adler in Neurobiology and Behavior studying animal orientation and navigation, hired into Cornell Computer Services (later known as CIT) to lead the new Apple (Macintosh) development center, moved on to the Cornell Theory Center as a visualization specialist for nearly two decades, then came to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in 2009 as an analyst and IT person. I earned an M.P.S. in communication while working at CIT and the Theory Center, and traveled extensively during those positions to deliver numerous lectures and workshops around the world on various computer technologies (Macintosh, laser printing, desktop publishing, scientific visualization). I also ran a private consulting company for 18 years at the same time, and developed visualizations and taught workshops for major companies (IBM, MCI, etc.) and government agencies such as NASA, NIST, and NREL.

Year Hired: 2009

Contact Information

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, room # 157

159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA.

Phone: +1.607.254.1108


Degree(s): A.B., Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, 1973; M.P.S., Communication, Cornell University, 1991. Additional graduate courses in statistics, remote sensing, and GIS.