Summer 2018 Fellowship Program

The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) has six fellowships available in its ecological data management training program for Summer 2018.

The fellows will receive training in data management and gain hands-on experience through participation in data preparation, archiving and publishing with scientists at specific host research sites. For a list of host sites, on-site mentors and time periods of the training program see below.

The duration of the training program is June 4 – August 13, 2018 and requires full-time commitment to the training activities. The fellows may be hosted at specific research sites or in Madison, Wisconsin at the EDI headquarters and accessing site data remotely. Fellowship support of $5000 will be administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

EDI-hosted training workshop: The training program begins with an in-person workshop at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (June 5 – June 7, 2018), 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 archiving data packages in the EDI data repository. EDI will pay for workshop travel, accommodation and meals.

Expectations: The fellows are expected to participate in the initial EDI-hosted workshop. Following the workshop, the fellows will gain hands-on experience as participants in performing quality control on data collected by the host research sites, creating metadata, archiving data packages in the EDI repository, and conducting a small data science project on the data. Fellows will be expected to participate in regular online meetings as an opportunity to receive guidance and feedback from EDI team members and exchange ideas and experiences with the group of fellows.

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

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation directly to the site mentor as announced below, as well as to Dr. Susanne Grossman-Clarke (, training program coordinator for EDI no later than 25 March 2018. At least one letter must be from a professor/faculty member. The second may be from a graduate student TA or employer. Please indicate in the cover letter in which host site you are interested.

Please contact Susanne Grossman-Clarke ( if you have questions.

Host site, on-site mentors and time period for training program

  1. School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri: “Monitoring Program of Missouri’s Water Bodies”.  Mentor: Dr. Alba Argerich (; Location: Columbia, MO.
  2. Shoals Marine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire: “Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program”.  Mentor: Dr. David Buck (; Location: Appledore Island, ME.
  3. New Paltz, State University of New York: “Mohonk Preserve Monitoring (Minnewaska State Park, NY)”.  Mentor: David C. Richardson (; Location: New Paltz/Mohonk Preserve, NY.
  4. Adirondack Ecological Center of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: “Monitoring Plant, Animal and Lake Phenology”. Mentor: Stacy McNulty (; Location: Newcomb, NY.
  5. Archbold Biological Station: “Hydrology Monitoring Program”. Mentor: Vivienne Sclater (; Location: Archbold Biological Station, FL.
  6. University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), University of Michigan: “Soil Monitoring Program”; Mentor: Jason Tallant (; Location: UMBS, Pellston, MI.