NCEAS Summer Institute research teams meet to continue collaborating on their projects

Ongoing collaboration among the NCEAS Summer Institute 2013 participants continues this week as teams meet face-to-face to continue work on their group projects. Extending well beyond the close of the initial three-week program, teams regroup with the intent to publish their findings and make their derived data sets publicly available. The Urban Biodiversity Project team will be meet in Oakland, CA on December 14 and 15, while the Ocean Health Evaluation: The utility of the cumulative impact index in the Southern California Bight team will meet at NCEAS from December 17 to December 19, 2013.


The 22 participants in the Summer Institute program, which ran from June 19 through July 10, 2013 at NCEAS, were selected out of nearly 400 applicants. The training institute emphasized the integration of statistical analysis into well-documented scientific workflows through the use of open-source, community-supported programming languages that are well suited for the rapid and robust implementation of scientific data analyses.

The NCEAS 2013 Summer Institute participants self-selected into five research groups. Through the group projects, participants received hands-on guided experience using best practices in the technical aspects that underlie successful synthesis – from data discovery and integration to analysis and visualization, and special techniques for collaborative scientific research.

Summer Institute Group Projects Teams Collaborating the week of December 16:

Ocean Health Evaluation:
The utility of the cumulative impact index in the Southern California Bight 

Sharon  Baruch-Mordo, The Nature Conservancy
Jill R. Bourque, U.S. Geological Survey
Alison Haupt, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Sigrid Smith, University of Michigan

The Urban Biodiversity Project 

Jennifer Costanza, North Carolina State University
Kristen Dybala, University of California, Davis
David J. Harris, University of California, Davis
Shalene Jha, University of Texas, Austin
Holly Jones,  Northern Illinois University
Erika Mudrak, Iowa State University

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation generously funded the Summer Institute and this week’s follow-up face-to-face collaboration opportunities.


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Posted on December 15, 2013