Training Overview

NCEAS is committed to increasing the scientific community's skills and abilities to participate in data-intensive ecological research by providing state-of-the-art learning opportunities. Our training typically focuses on developing skills in the use of methods and tools for synthesis science, including exposure to the technologies that facilitate data access, analysis, collaborative workflows, and visualization.

NCEAS provides consultation services for its scientists in the areas of programming and analysis and informatics; as well as general technical support. A Scientific Computing Knowledge Base serves as a portal for cataloging general approaches to computing in ecology as experienced at NCEAS.

NCEAS offers a variety of training opportunities in an array of scientific and technical areas are also provided to NCEAS' residents and visitors.  

  • The Open Science for Synthesis - software skills for early career scientists - is a three-week intensive training workshop that offers participants hands-on experience using best practices in the technical aspects that underlie successful synthesis and collaboration.
  • NCEAS Informatics experts present at workshops, conferences, and training sessions around the world, helping to build the knowledge base and human capacity for advancing synthetic, collaborative science.
  • NCEAS hosts weekly Roundtable Discussions on current research pursuits with NCEAS, UCSB, and visiting scientists. Discussions generally take place on Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:15 each week. Sign up to receive NCEAS Roundtable announcements.
  • NCEAS engages graduate students as interns and as part of research working groups. Data sharing ethics and tools are integral to the success of these large, geographically dispersed collaborations. Graduate students “learn by doing,” is supported by the NCEAS Informatics and Scientific Computing staff. Since its inception, more than 700 students have participated in Distributed Graduate Seminars.


The Public Understanding of Science

Scientist Jai Ranganathan is interviewed by local NPR journalist Lance Orozco during media training at NCEAS

NCEAS’ commitment to furthering the public understanding of science includes communication initiatives and a variety of other activities.

NCEAS communication initiatives address the need to explain ecological issues, research, and solutions to the public, policy makers, and resource managers in order to enable informed decision making at all levels. Therefore, NCEAS provides media training for our scientists, publicizes our scientists' research activities to the press and collaborates with other organizations, such as the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS), and the California Ocean Communicators Alliance to promote effective communication of science to the public.