Summer 2018 Fellowship Program

About
Host sites, on-site mentors and EDI Fellows
Testimonials
Featured data packages
Published data packages

About

EDI successfully completed its first summer fellowship program from June 4 to August 13, 2018. Each of our six fellows made a significant contribution to the preservation and reuse of data and metadata that they published for their host sites. EDI will provide continued support to the host sites in maintaining the already archived data packages as well as in future data publishing efforts.

The fellowship began with a training workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (NM). The training provided the essential knowledge on how to clean and format data, collect sufficient metadata for publishing, convert metadata to EML and upload and publish the data package (data and EML metadata) in the EDI repository. The workshop gave the opportunity for our team to meet the fellows in person and the fellows could connect among each other. This was the basis for continued conversations about data management issues encountered during the fellowship via regular zoom meetings, emails and instant slack conversations. Each fellow presented on the packages they were working on during our zoom meetings.

There were a variety of data sets that needed to be archived. Many of them were long-term data sets, some collected by research groups, some by students and volunteers. Some of the data were very well documented while some data did not have complete provenance. Our fellows’ enthusiasm and their mentors’ commitment and support allowed them to collect sufficient metadata information for archiving and publishing the data. There are several benefits of having published the data packages. The data and metadata are securely archived with a unique digital object identifier (doi) and are discoverable by searches in the internet, EDI repository or DataOne. Data sharing is made easier and the archived data structure and metadata provide information that can be used for future data collection.

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Host sites, on-site mentors and EDI Fellows

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EDI Summer Fellows and EDI personal at the “Data Publishing” workshop at the University of New Mexico, from left: Alina Drebin, Colin Smith (EDI), An Nguyen, Susanne Grossman-Clarke (EDI), Kristin Vanderbilt (EDI), Vanessa Morgan, Abby Pennington, Prita Novita, Gabriel Kamener.
    1. School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri: “Monitoring Program of Missouri’s Water Bodies”.  Mentor: Dr. Alba Argerich (argericha@missouri.edu); Location: Columbia, MO. Fellow: Abby Pennington.
    2. University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), University of Michigan: “Soil Monitoring Program”; Mentor: Jason Tallant (jtallant@umich.edu); Location: UMBS, Pellston, MI. Fellow: Alina Drebin.
    3. Shoals Marine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire: “Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program”.  Mentor: Dr. David Buck (david.buck@unh.edu); Location: Appledore Island, ME. Fellow: An Nguyen.
    4. Archbold Biological Station: “Hydrology Monitoring Program”. Mentor: Vivienne Sclater (vsclater@archbold-station.org); Location: Archbold Biological Station, FL. Fellow: Gabriel Kamener.
    5. Adirondack Ecological Center of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: “Monitoring Plant, Animal and Lake Phenology”. Mentor: Stacy McNulty (smcnulty@esf.edu); Location: Newcomb, NY. Fellow: Prita Novita.
    6. New Paltz, State University of New York: “Mohonk Preserve Monitoring (Minnewaska State Park, NY)”.  Mentor: David C. Richardson (richardsond@newpaltz.edu); Location: New Paltz/Mohonk Preserve, NY. Fellow: Vanessa Morgan.

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Testimonials

“I feel immensely grateful to be part of the EDI Summer Fellowship 2018. This program has given me the unique opportunity to transition from more computer-based study in R Language to the real ecological data and its issue in field stations. I would not have been able to finish the internship without the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) training. The training and the internship not only has sharpened my skill in data management but also enhanced knowledge and awareness in ecology and conservation. Finally, the opportunity to regularly interact with such a diverse group of fellows and scientists has been invaluable to my personal and professional development.”

– Prita Novita | Fellow at the Adirondack Ecological Center –

“The EDI fellowship allowed the Plant Ecology Program to make great strides in publishing our long-term plant demographic data. We worked with fellow Gabriel Kamener and Vivienne Sclater of Archbold to get two complex datasets organized and posted. In addition, the procedures and coding that were created will make posting of additional datasets more feasible and improve the quality of those datasets.”

– Eric Menges, PhD | Senior Research Program Director and Research Biologist at Archbold Biological Station –

“EDI’s Ecological Data Management Summer Fellowship program has been a great benefit to Archbold Biological Station. Our fellow, Gabriel Kamener, was able to publish multiple datasets as well as clean one of our larger, more difficult datasets. Gabriel was able to give insightful feedback to researchers and was able to find answers to any questions they had. EDI’s commitment to the fellows benefitted Gabriel by providing mentorship and insight as well as Archbold by providing a trained employee to focus on data archiving and documenting the procedure for future use.”

– Vivienne Sclater | GIS and Data Manager at Archbold Biological Station –

“My Ecological Data Management Summer Fellowship with EDI provided the opportunity to successfully transition from collecting ecological data in the field to managing data and publicly archiving datasets with standardized metadata. EDI’s training workshop at the beginning of the fellowship program not only introduced me to the skills needed to tidy, document, and publish datasets, but it also offered the opportunity to work with data professionals and the other fellows in my cohort to overcome challenges involving messy data. Additionally, the hands-on experience in working with my mentor and researchers on data at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) allowed me to apply what I learned at the workshop, and it also allowed me to further expand my data-management skillset. The fellowship experience directly led to a job offer with ABS, and I now work as a Research Data Assistant in the station’s Data Management department.”

– Gabriel Kamener | EDI Summer fellow and Research Data Assistant at Archbold Biological Station –

“My co-authors and myself recently got a manuscript accepted in PlosOne. As part of the final submission, we were asked to publish/archive the data associated with our manuscript. Luckily, Gabriel Kamener (an EDI summer fellow) started his fellowship right at the same time. We asked him to prepare the data that were going to be sent to the EDI Data Repository. Gabriel fulfilled that task in a timely manner, updating me on the status of the dataset and making sure the data met the format requirements asked from EDI. Because Gabriel was familiar with EDI, it made the process of publishing this dataset painless and saved me much needed time to work on other projects.”

– Grégory Sonnier, PhD | Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Archbold Biological Station’s Buck Island Ranch –

“I spent this summer working at Shoals Marine Laboratory, ME. My goal was to clean, document, and archive data from the 30-year-plus long-term rocky intertidal monitoring program. There were challenges along the way, since the research program itself underwent many changes over the years; however, with support from numerous people at Shoals and at EDI, the dataset is now archived on the EDI portal. My experience with both the host site and with EDI mentors has been fulfilling and productive; I have learned much about how to communicate the importance of data quality to both practicing biologists and biologists-in-training. Most importantly, I have experienced first hand that there are both immense potential and challenges in working with long-term data, and that it takes constant ongoing work by dedicated people and organizations such as EDI to maintain and promote data quality and publication.”

– An Nguyen | Fellow at Shoals Marine Laboratory –

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McNulty S. 2018. Songbird surveys, 1952 – 1964, 1983 – 2008 Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program Project No. 2 Breeding Birds by Adirondack Ecological Center of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Newcomb, New York. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/60258aef9640cc5eba87f0c767f4560f.

Sonnier G., P. J. Bohlen, H. M. Swain, S. L. Orzell, E. L. Bridges, E. H. Boughton. 2018. A case study of the effects of wetland restoration on the hydrology, species diversity, species composition and floristic quality of restored wetlands within a Central Florida ranchland, 2003 – ongoing. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b745934d136ce9ca8de26c5063eee86a.

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Published data packages

Demers C. 2018. Small mammals surveys, 1981 – 1996, Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program Project No. 10 by Adirondack Ecological Center of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Newcomb, New York. Environmental Data Initiative. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/5fbb6e06b7a5a059446c749a289a7030. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Hogg A. 2018. Ozone Concentrations and Ozone Flux at the Univerity of Michigan Biological Station PROPHET Tower from 2002-2005. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/4be647de13b62c28ffa3ee3db6794611. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

McNulty S. 2018. Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) drumming surveys, 1987-2017, Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program Project No. 9 by Adirondack Ecological Center of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Newcomb, New York. Environmental Data Initiative. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/39f495a15fa0667af635991d749741c4. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

McNulty S. 2018. Lake ice surveys, 1874-2016, Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program Project No. 8 by Adirondack Ecological Center of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Newcomb, New York. Environmental Data Initiative.. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/e6ff947b3cd152e1a79f248b76923b6d. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

McNulty S. 2018. Songbird surveys , 1952 – 1964, 1983 – 2008 Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program Project No. 2 Breeding Birds by Adirondack Ecological Center of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Newcomb, New York. Environmental Data Initiative.. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/60258aef9640cc5eba87f0c767f4560f. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Menges E. S., P. L. Marks. 2018. Survival and growth of south Florida slash pines in four seasonal ponds at Archbold Biological Station, 1992-2001 . Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b88e5314d292b988d7ab0c69fc5f8296. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Menges E. S. 2018. Demography of the Florida endemic Eriogonum longifolium var. gnaphalifolium (Polygonaceae) at Archbold Biological Station and the Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge Carter Creek from 1990 to 2013. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/046a5d4f540f1f8aca1ddbc02be888f4. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Menges E. S., C. W. Weekley. 2018. Demographic measures of Liatris ohlingerae (Asteraceae) in 20 populations across multiple habitats and time-since-fire intervals in south central Florida from 1997-2017. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b08931c0292b11c3a32a02bfb425fe16. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Menges E., S. Smith, S. Crate. 2018. Long-term demographic data on the endangered legume Crotalaria avonensis, from Carter Creek Tract, Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife Environmental Area, 1998-2017 (ongoing). Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/858785f0e6f67ea8b60c3d26d16b58a6. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Meyers P. 2018. Michigan Opossum Distribution from 1899 to 2008. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/10f6ddc77cd7005d57b47fd7c7fd2fec. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Meyers P. 2018. Michigan Rodents Distribution at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI, from 1883 to 2007. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/6b6fdbfd077f528ca01d2b526f707a69. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Mohonk Preserve, C. Belardo, N. Feldsine, A. Forester, P. Huth, E. Long, V. Morgan, M. Napoli, E. Pierce, D. Richardson, D. Smiley, S. Smiley, J. Thompson. 2018. History of Acid Precipitation on the Shawangunk Ridge: Mohonk Preserve Precipitation Depths and pH, 1976 to Present. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/734ea90749e78613452eacec489f419c. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Mohonk Preserve, A. Forester, P. Huth, E. Long, V. Morgan, M. Napoli, E. Pierce, D. Smiley, S. Smiley, J. Thompson. 2018. Mohonk Preserve Ground Water Springs Data, 1991 to Present. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/928feed7ee748509ab065de7e3791966. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Pearsall D., M. Lapin. 2018. Landscape Ecosystem Classification Soils and Vegetation Plots Data at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan from 1988 to 2001. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/a442d02adba8ae466268caa75b95cb59. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Shoals Marine Laboratory 2018. Long-term Rocky Intertidal Monitoring on Appledore Island, Maine, 1982-2017. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b8f52444f86fbefe97c5bb40673e02d5. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

Sonnier G., P. J. Bohlen, H. M. Swain, S. L. Orzell, E. L. Bridges, E. H. Boughton. 2018. A case study of the effects of wetland restoration on the hydrology, species diversity, species composition and floristic quality of restored wetlands within a Central Florida ranchland, 2003 – ongoing.. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b745934d136ce9ca8de26c5063eee86a. Dataset accessed 9/08/2018.

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