Prior to joining Microsoft, Tolle was an Oak Ridge Science and Engineering Research Fellow for the National Library of Medicine and a Research Associate at the University of Arizona Artificial Intelligence Lab managing the group on medical information retrieval and natural language processing. She earned her Ph.D. in Management of Information Systems with a minor in Computational Linguistics.
Dr. Tolle's present research interests include global public health as related to climate change, mobile computing to enable field scientists and inform the public, sensors used to gather ecological and environmental data, and integration and interoperability of large heterogeneous environmental data sources. . She collaborates with several major research groups in Microsoft Research including eScience, computational science laboratory, computational ecology and environmental science, and the sensing and energy research group.
- Environmental Science Services Initiative: Development Director of this project for creating a common, easy-to-use infrastructure and user experience that gives ready access to existing and new Microsoft Research tools targeted at climate change and environmental science.
- National Flood Interoperability Experiment: Working with researchers at several major institutions as well as government agencies who provide much of the data to develop a real-time flood mapping system to improve better National disaster response.
- DataUp: Project Director and Development Manager to create a data curation tool to enable environmental scientists to preserve and share their datasets (largely in Microsoft Excel®) with the broader community.
- Microsoft Translator Hub: Product and Program Director to create a tool to enable the creation of custom translation models for businesses and language communities.
- Cultural Preservation Initiative: Primary member of this group focused on language preservation.
- Devices Sensors and Mobility for Healthcare: Founder and Program Director for this program founded in 2006 to seed the development of over 25 mHealth projects and culminated in starting an annual mHealth Summit run by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
- Computational Challenges in Genome Wide Association Studies: Program Manager for this program designed to further computer science research in support of furthering scientific discoveries in GWAS.
- Microsoft Research eScience in the Cloud Workshop (Co-chair)
29–30 April 2014
- Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit
7–9 May 2014
Viña del Mar, Chile
- Well Spring Conference
14-15 October 2014
- Microsoft Research Asia Faculty Summit
30-31 October 2014
- AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference (Technical Program Committee Member)
3-6 Novermber 2014
Tysons Corner, VA
- American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
15–19 December 2014
San Francisco, CA
- Paul I. Palmer and Matthew J. Smith, Model human adaptation to climate change, in Nature, Choose..., 28 August 2014
- Cory Merow, Matthew J. Smith, Thomas C. Edwards, Antoine Guisan, Sean McMahon, Signe Normand, Wilfried Thuiller, Rafael O. Wuest, Niklaus E. Zimmerman, and Jane Elith, What do we gain from simplicity versus complexity in species distribution models? , in Ecography, Wiley, August 2014
- Jonas Geldman, Lucas N Joppa, and Neil Burgess, Mapping Change in Pressure Globally on Land and within Protected Areas, in Conservaton Biology, Choose..., July 2014
- Nicola Paoletti, Boyan Yordanov, Youssef Hamadi, Christoph M. Wintersteiger, and Hillel Kugler, Analyzing and Synthesizing Genomic Logic Functions, in CAV'14, Springer, July 2014
- Sean Sloan, Clinton N Jenkins, Lucas N Joppa, David LA Gaveau, and William F Laurance, Remaining natural vegetation in the global biodiversity hotspots, in Biological Conservation, vol. 177, pp. 12–24, Elsevier, July 2014