Summer 2018 Fellowship Program

The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is supporting six Summer 2018 (June 4 – August 13, 2018) Fellowships in its ecological data management training program.

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 training program has started with an EDI-hosted training workshop on data publishing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (June 5 – 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.

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.

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.

Host sites, on-site mentors and EDI Fellows

  1. School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri: “Monitoring Program of Missouri’s Water Bodies”.  Mentor: Dr. Alba Argerich (; Location: Columbia, MO. Fellow: Abby Pennington.
  2. Shoals Marine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire: “Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program”.  Mentor: Dr. David Buck (; Location: Appledore Island, ME. Fellow: An Nguyen.
  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. Fellow: Vanessa Morgan.
  4. Adirondack Ecological Center of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry: “Monitoring Plant, Animal and Lake Phenology”. Mentor: Stacy McNulty (; Location: Newcomb, NY. Fellow: Prita Novita.
  5. Archbold Biological Station: “Hydrology Monitoring Program”. Mentor: Vivienne Sclater (; Location: Archbold Biological Station, FL. Fellow: Gabriel Kamener.
  6. University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), University of Michigan: “Soil Monitoring Program”; Mentor: Jason Tallant (; Location: UMBS, Pellston, MI. Fellow: Alina Drebin.