2019 Summer Fellowship Program

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Important dates:

  • Data publishing workshop: 4 June – 6 June 2019
  • Fellowship: 10 June – 9 August 2019

The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) recruited 9 fellows for its ecological data management training program for Summer 2019. The fellowships are intended for undergraduate, graduate and recent postgraduate students. The duration of the fellowship training program is June 10 – August 9, 2019. The fellows 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 this year’s host sites and on-site mentors, see below.

EDI-hosted data publishing workshop

The fellowship was preceded by an in-person data publishing workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM (June 4 – June 6, 2019), during which the fellows learned 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 2019 summer fellows with members of the EDI team at the data publishing workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM (June 4 – June 6, 2019)


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. Fellow: Maureen Lynch
    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. Fellow: Vanessa Bailey
    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. Fellow: Amalia Handler
    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. Fellow: Katherine Le
    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. Fellow: Alexis Garretson
    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. Fellow: Katherine Qi
    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. Fellow: Georgia Titcomb
    8. 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. Fellow: Jana Gedymin Viel
    9. 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. Fellow: Craig Garzella