Axiom Data Science is an informatics and software development firm focused on developing scalable solutions which can be leveraged across a variety of users, clients and institutions in order to make the best tools for data management, integration, and visualization. We support a variety of federal, private, academic and non-governmental organizations managing and conducting research in the ecological, geological and ocean sciences.

Staff and Facilities

Axiom Data Science staff includes software architects and engineers, GIS and data analysts, web and graphic designers, scientists and data librarians. Our headquarters are located in Anchorage, Alaska, with two main satellite offices in Portland, Oregon and Wickford, Rhode Island. Axiom operates a High Performance Compute (HPC) cluster in Portland composed of more than 1400 processing cores staged in a series of interconnected blade arrays as well as 1.4 PBs of storage distributed across clustered storage nodes. Compute nodes and storage nodes are connected over a low latency, converging network fabric (40 Gb/Sec Infiniband). GlusterFS is employed as a storage software abstraction layer that enables clients and storage servers to exploit data transfer over Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) protocols. This configuration enables data throughput from the storage cluster to the compute cluster to reach speeds greater than 160 Gb/Sec in high-concurrency situations necessary for large-scale scientific modeling as well as hosting, querying and visualizing large, long-term data sets. Axiom also has a dedicated multi-braided 1 Gb/Sec high speed internet connection for large file transfers between external data centers and the high-bandwidth demands of centralized web/cloud based applications.

Staff Bios

Rob Bochenek


Rob has been developing data management and cyber infrastructure solutions for research programs and organizations for the past fifteen years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degrees in aerospace engineering and mathematics. Early in his career Rob spent five years at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council leading the data management team in processing, documenting and organizing the informational products produced from the scientific research funded to understand and monitor the ecological effects of the oil spill. Based upon that experience, Rob founded Axiom in 2006 to develop more generalized and holistic solutions for data management. He specializes in scientific geospatial information management with applications to physical/biological modeling and decision support data warehouse knowledge systems.

Shane St Savage

Chief Infrastructure Officer

Shane is a founding partner of Axiom, and has been programming professionally for over a decade. Through many years of conducting data salvage and application development projects he has become a strong advocate for maintaining clean, organized and well described datasets; creating user interfaces that are both powerful and intuitive; and writing well documented and reusable code. Shane graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002 with a degree in biological sciences, which gives him a useful insight into biological research.

Kyle Wilcox

Chief Technology Officer

Kyle has over eight years of experience working in the ocean and environmental sciences, where he specializes in the discoverability and accessibility of data. After earning a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2006, he went to work for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, MD, managing huge collections of modeled and observed data. Kyle lead the software development team at Applied Science Associates from 2009 to 2013 before joining Axiom Data Science in November of 2013. At home, his wife and three kids manage his always growing to-do list.

Lyra Bochenek

Operations Manager

As operations manager, Lyra executes the behind-the-scenes tasks that enable Axiom to operate efficiently and effectively. She leads organizational logistics, identity development and graphic design. Lyra is a founding partner of Axiom. Before launching Axiom, she worked for 7 years as an associate editor for Alaska Newspapers Inc and and was the creative lead for the marketing department at Alaska USA FCU. She has a degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Outside of work she can be found romping in Alaska with her two girls, gardening and trying to keep up with young ultimate frisbee players.

Stacey Buckelew

Chief Operating Officer

Stacey engages with scientists to support their use and organization of Axiom’s data portals and data management tools. Stacey has a 10 year history working in applied marine ecological research and coastal habitat restoration in locations spanning, literally, from the Arctic to Antarctica. Through these experiences, she has a well-developed capacity to coordinate across research teams and stakeholders to support their decision-making needs. Stacey has Bachelor of Science in marine biology and a Masters of Science in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. When not in the office, she can be found learning the art of beekeeping and running, skiing, or biking throughout southcentral Alaska.

Luke Campbell

Senior Software Engineer

Luke is a software engineer with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Haven and is a former Sonar Technician in the United States Navy. Luke has a strong background in developing GIS applications and software architecture to manage MetOcean data. He has worked on the Ocean Observatories Initiative, Integrated Ocean Observing System, multiple regional association observing systems, and forecasting software for the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center. He loves programming, hiking, flying, and in his younger years jumping out of airplanes.

Adrienne Canino

Data Librarian

Adrienne is a data librarian, science literacy enthusiast, and sci-fi fan. Her work experience has stretched from environmental conservation to data librarianship. She earned a Masters in Professional Studies in Environmental Studies from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2014 and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University in 2018. Her career has included leading cross-departmental initiatives in data literacy and research data services, digital archiving work, coordinating a youth conservation corps program, and planting many trees.

Liz Dobbins

Environmental Data Scientist

Liz received a Masters degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Since then, she’s supported interdisciplinary scientific endeavors in wildly disparate ways - from Unix system administration to fieldwork north of the Arctic Circle. In 2009, Liz relocated with her family to Fairbanks, AK, where she has focused on processing data collected in Alaskan waters and creating near real-time web maps. More recently, she’s become intrigued by the philosophy of Reproducible Research and the open-source software that supports it. In her spare time, Liz can be found on the roads of Fairbanks, shuttling kids between ski teams and ballet lessons.

Dave Foster

Senior Software Engineer

Dave is a software developer working with Python, web development, and quality DevOps infrastructure. He has a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Computer Science, 2004), and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh (Computer Science, 2005). At home, he has two Schnauzers and attempts to keep the ball out of the net in his rec soccer leagues.

Ian Gill

Data Coordinator

Ian earned a Masters in Environmental Science at Western Washington University in 2011 and has spent over a decade doing fieldwork in Alaska, mostly watching bears catch salmon along various streams and rivers. His graduate research at McNeil River focused on the behavioral ecology of brown bears foraging for salmon and the impacts of bear-salmon predation on salmon populations. Ian worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from 2012 to 2016, first as a habitat biologist and later as a science editor, where he learned to appreciate well-documented data, well-used semicolons, and the serial comma.

Trevor Golden

Environmental Data Scientist

Trevor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Outdoor Studies from Alaska Pacific University, emphasizing in quantitative ecology and philosophy of science. He is a big fan of the scientific method, and is particularly interested in optimizing the process of discovery by building robust solutions to challenges in data management and analysis. Before joining Axiom, Trevor spent six years in ecology working on a variety of projects ranging from the ingestion and validation of meteorological observations, to the analysis of movement patterns in telemetered animal locations.

Dr. Karina Khazmutdinova

Project Manager

Karina's background spans physical and observational oceanography, speleology, grants management, and environmental policy. Prior to joining Axiom, she served as the Senior Program Officer for the Gulf Research Program at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she led the development of programs focused on the Gulf of Mexico ocean dynamics and offshore energy safety. Karina has a Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Florida State University. Outside of work, she can be found planning various trips, going to the theatre, reading, or aiming to hike the full length of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in one day.

Kasandra Lassagne

Jr. Data Scientist

Kasandra is a Data Science Intern working mainly with data ingestion and becoming familiar with the many branches involved with working in a software company. She has a dual bachelor's degree in Mathematics and General Biology from George Fox University. Most of her experience is in ecological data analysis projects focusing on tree distributions in the pacific northwestern forests and coastal ranges.

Aidan Lewis

Jr. Data Scientist

Aidan is a Junior Data Scientist getting his feet wet in the data science and software engineering realms. He earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Gozaga University (2021 where he obsessively cheered on his beloved Zags. Before Axiom, Aidan helped develop integrated tax software for the Alaska Department of Revenue. He enjoys playing soccer for a local club and is a morning person on powder days.

Josh Rhoades

Software Engineer

Josh is a full-stack software developer. Following his B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State (2007), he has worked in Linux system administration, web and backend development, as well as data and interface design. His claim to fame is that he has co-authored two full length novels (which makes the mistakes in his emails all the more embarrassing and no less frequent). He loves cycling, rock climbing, and plaintext file formats. He lives in Anchorage with his girlfriend and their fish.

Lauren Showalter

Project Manager

Lauren has a Master’s in Marine Science from the University of Alabama and has worked in the data management space since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. She uses her background in marine ecology and management to improve availability and access to research data. She has managed the development of a large scale data repository and interdisciplinary data programs focused on the Gulf of Mexico region and ranging in topics from oceanography to community resilience. Lauren is passionate about helping people see that good data management is not difficult and can benefit their careers and science as a whole. Outside of the office Lauren enjoys taking her dogs to the brewery, knitting, riding her bike around D.C., and playing board games with her husband.

Joe Sonnier

Grants and Contracts Manager

Joe joined the Axiom team in 2021 from a senior leadership role in the Alaska nonprofit sector. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Business Administration at Alaska Pacific University. Much of his career has been focused on organizational design, sustainability, and strategic leadership. Joe is a technical writer at heart and loves crafting documents that benefit both organizations and people. Outside of work you can find him in the Chugach chasing mountaintops with his fearless corgi.

Brian Stone

Senior Software Engineer

Brian Stone has a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He's developed web-based applications since 2004 and specializes in web design and usability concepts. Prior to his work at Axiom, Brian was the primary web administrator for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska.com, and he created a variety of interactive maps and graphics to supplement newsroom stories. At Axiom, he creates cross-platform, web-based spatial planning applications that allow users to interactively explore multiple large scientific data sets across time, space and depth.

Dr. Kristen Thyng

MetOcean Data Scientist

Kristen has a long history of changing academics fields. She started with a B.A. in Physics at Whitman College, followed with a MSc. in Applied Math at the University of Washington, then a PhD in Mechnical Engineering at UW. Afterward, she went to Texas A&M for a Postdoc in Oceanography and later worked as a Research Scientist and then Research Professor. Now, she has found the best combination of all these fields as a MetOcean Data Scientist! Kristen has made numerical ocean simulations for applications including tidal turbine siting; understanding coastal ocean physics; and tracking material like oil, harmful algal blooms, and drug packages. Her work also has included data gathering and analysis, teaching Python, and the design and sharing of colormaps to use for beautiful and intuitive visualizations. Outside of work, Kristen spends time with her important people and creatures, and tries to find the ocean and mountains.

Chris Turner

Data Librarian

Chris is a data librarian and metadata evangelist trying to make it easier to responsibly share and document research data. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Alaska, Anchorage (Mathematics, 2007) and a Master of Science from Syracuse University (Library and Information Science, 2012). His prior work experience includes working in libraries doing serials cataloging, collection maintenance, and photo and document digitization, serving as a data management consultant for NSF funded research groups while an eScience Fellow as SU, and comparing and crosswalking scientific metadata standards while interning at the NSIDC. Chris was hired at Axiom to help document data resources, develop metadata strategy, liaise with program managers and PIs, and to develop and promote data management best practices. Outside of work, he enjoys long bike rides and brothy soups.


Therapy Dog

As a puppy prodigy and adult dog phenom, Francis has dual degrees in Saliva Production and Getting in the Way. Before working at Axiom as an occupational therapist, Francis spent years learning the way of the dog in his owner's garage. He currently loves being off leash, corralling and giving rides to kids, barking at moose, and cleaning his plate.

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