EDI Summer 2020 Fellowship Program

Photo: Fellows and EDI team members at the data publishing workshop at UNM in June 2019.

EDI has awarded eleven fellowships for its ecological data management training program for Summer 2020. The fellows will receive training in ecological data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation, archiving and publishing with scientists and information managers from specific host research sites. For a list of host sites, on-site mentors and fellows, see here.

Due to the COVID-19 health situation, we have moved to online instruction for our data publishing workshops and summer fellowship program until it is safe to gather in person again.

Important dates

  • Fellowship training workshop: 9 June – 11 June 2020
  • Host site fellowship: 15 June – 14 August 2020

EDI-hosted data publishing workshop

The fellowship is preceded by a mandatory online data publishing workshop (June 9 – June  11, 2020), during which the fellows learn about data cleaning and formatting, metadata content, the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and how to create EML using the R programming environment. Furthermore, the fellows will be instructed on how to archive data packages in the EDI data repository.

Please contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke (grossmanclar@wisc.edu) if you have questions.

Host sites and on-site mentors for training program

  1. California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Location: Stockton, CA
    Mentor: Dr. Jereme Gaeta (jereme.gaeta@wildlife.ca.gov), Fellow: Madeleine Frick
    “Archiving historical datasets from the San Francisco Bay Estuary (SFE), including (1) a periodic Delta-wide (freshwater and brackish area of the SFE) shoreline electrofishing survey and (2) a fish survey of Suisun Marsh, an area critical to the ecology of endangered Delta Smelt.”
  2. Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. Location: Rockland, ME
    Mentor: Phoebe Jekielek (phoebe@hurricaneisland.net), Fellow: Dennise Valadez
    Planning for the future: Organizing data and developing data management, data use, and data sharing plans for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.”
  3. LTER soil organic matter synthesis working group. Location: Tempe, AZ
    Mentors: Dr. Stevan Earl (stevan.earl@asu.edu) & Dr. Will Wieder (wwieder@ucar.edu), Fellow: Nathan Haywood
    “Publishing data from numerous cross-site, coordinated research activities that are contributing to a synthetic analysis of factors controlling the persistence and vulnerability of soil organic matter.”
  4. Marine Science Institute, University of California SB. Location: Santa Barbara, CA.
    Mentor: Margaret O’Brien (margaret.obrien@ucsb.edu), Fellow: Judith Sclafani
    “Harmonizing meteorological data in the EDI repository.”
  5. Natural Resource Ecology Lab. Colorado State University. Location: Fort Collins, CO
    Mentor: Chris Dorich (chris.dorich@colostate.edu), Fellow: Sydney Lewis
    “Archiving and publishing of a Global N2O Database, along with workflow documents and data products.”
  6. Organization for Tropical Studies. Location: La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
    Mentor: Enrique Castro (lead mentor), Eugenio Gonzalez, Orlando Vargas, Deedra McClearn (deedramcclearn@gmail.com), Fellows: Melissa Salva and Eric Johnson
    “Rescuing Legacy Data on Native Tree Growth in Costa Rica.”
  7. Pepperwood Preserve. Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    Mentor: Dr. Tosha Comendant (tcomendant@pepperwoodpreserve.org)
    “Long-term monitoring of climate, hydrology, vegetation, and wildlife in inner Coast Ranges of California.”  Fellow: Ashley Whipple
  8. Stroud Water Research Center. Location: Avondale, PA
    Mentor: Dr. Charles Dow (cdow@stroudcenter.org), Fellow: Kyle Zollo-Kenecek
    “Compiling, cleaning, and publishing, stream water quality and quantity time series data collected via low-cost sensors built on an open-source electronics platform at the White Clay Creek stream/watershed. An example of the types of data involved can be viewed here for a site near the research facility.”
  9. University of California Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL). Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
    Mentor: Dr. Thomas C. Smith (tcsmith@ucsb.edu), Fellow: Claire Pavelka
    “The Sierra Lakes Inventory Project: non-native fish and community composition of >8,000 lakes and ponds in the Sierra Nevada, California.”
  10. University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). University of Michigan. Location: Pellston, MI
    Mentor: Jason Tallant (jtallant@umich.edu), Fellow: Alex Pawlik
    “Organize data collected from various federally funded projects at UMBS for publication and work with web based metadata management tools and associated database(s).”