EDI 2019 Summer Fellowship Program

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Important dates:

  • Deadline for fellowship application: 15 March 2019
  • Data publishing workshop: 4 June – 6 June 2019
  • Fellowship: 10 June – 9 August 2019

The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) has ten fellowships available in its ecological data management training program for Summer 2019. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. This fellowship is available to applicants legally living and studying in the US. The duration of the fellowship training program is June 10 – August 9, 2019 and requires full-time commitment to the training activities. The fellowship support of $5000 will be administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, except for the fellowship with the TERRA_REF project, which will be administered through the University of Arizona. 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 at specific host research sites. For a list of host sites and on-site mentors, see below.

EDI-hosted data publishing workshop: The fellowship is preceded by a mandatory in-person data publishing workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (June 4 – June 6, 2019), 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. EDI will pay for workshop travel, accommodation and meals.

Expectations: The fellows are required to participate in the initial EDI-hosted workshop. Following the workshop, the fellows will gain hands-on experience in archiving and publishing data packages in the EDI repository and support their host site in developing a longer-term data management strategy. Fellows will be expected to participate in regular online meetings as an opportunity to receive guidance and feedback from EDI team members and to exchange ideas and experiences with the group of fellows. Although not required it is highly recommended that the fellows plan to spend the summer at the hosting site. However, EDI will not cover lodging and meals outside of the training workshop and specific arrangements will have to be negotiated between the site and the fellow.

To successfully complete the training program a basic interest in data science is necessary, plus basic skills in Excel, some programming experience as well as some experience in collecting and analyzing ecological data are advantageous.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter and resume/CV directly to the site mentor as announced below, as well as to Dr. Susanne Grossman-Clarke (grossmanclar@wisc.edu), training program coordinator for EDI, no later than 15 March 2019. Please have two references send their letters of recommendation directly to Dr. Grossman-Clarke and to the site mentor. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a professor/faculty member. The second may be from a graduate student TA or employer. If you are interested in more than one site, please apply to each of them separately.

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

Host sites and on-site mentors for training program

    1. Adirondack Ecological Center, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry: “Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program Data – Wildlife, Habitat and Ecosystem Fellowship.” Mentor: Stacy McNulty (smcnulty@esf.edu); Location: Newcomb, NY.
    2. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science, Field Station, Clemson University: “Long-term forestry and wildlife dynamics data.” Mentor: Dr. Skip J. Van Bloem (skipvb@clemson.edu); Location: Georgetown, SC (not on campus)
    3. Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana: “Long-term hydrological, water quality and meteorological data from a suite of environmental sensors on a wild and scenic river floodplain in northwest Montana.” Mentor: Dr. Robert O. Hall (bob.hall@flbs.umt.edu); Location: Polson, MT.
    4. Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station: “Decades of temperature and dissolved oxygen through the depth of a pristine southern glacial lake.” Mentor: Dr. Beth Norman (beth.norman@lacawac.org); Location: Lake Ariel, PA.
    5. Mohonk Preserve: “Long term phenology observations of flora and fauna of the Northern Shawangunk region.” Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Long (elong@mohonkpreserve.org); Location: New Paltz, NY.
    6. Northeast U.S. Shelf Long-term Ecological Research (NES-LTER), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: “Contributing datasets from plankton imaging systems deployed at the NES-LTER for Essential Ocean Variables and Essential Biodiversity Variables.” Mentor: Dr. Stace Beaulieu (stace@whoi.edu); Location: Woods Hole, MA.
    7. Sagehen Creek Field Station, UC Berkeley: “65+ years of meteorological data. Small mammal trapping, bird banding, fisheries, contemporary camera trap research data.” Mentor: Faerthen Felix (ffelix@berkeley.edu); Location: Truckee, CA.
    8. TERRA_REF, University of Arizona: “Plant and ecosystem level traits, environmental data, genomics data associated with agronomic field trials, as well as descriptions of very large archived sensor datasets.” Mentor: Dr. David LeBauer (dlebauer@email.arizona.edu); Location: Tucson, AZ.
    9. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) Field Station in Saukville, UWM Field station in Waukesha and Greene Field Station, Carroll University “Long-term observations from Cedarburg Bog natural area, Genessee Creek and Kettle Moraine.” Mentors: Dr. Teresa Schuller (teresa.schueller@uwc.edu); Dr. Gretchen Meyer, Todd Levine; Location: Milwaukee, WI.
    10. University of Wyoming-NPS Research Station: “Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem data: pollinators, small mammals, invertebrates, vegetation and plant communities.” Mentor: Dr. Michael Dillon (Michael.Dillon@uwyo.edu); Location: Laramie, WY.