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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

This workshop will convene leaders in environmental biology research and education to collectively design a way forward for the scientific community to broadly improve skills necessary for data-intensive science. In August 2013, a steering committee of 6 individuals will caucus remotely to produce a list of 20 invitees, and draft an agenda and manuscript outline. In January 2014, approximately 20 individuals will meet for 2 days at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to identify current inadequacies in training at all career stages, and both the short-term and long-term opportunities to address these deficiencies. The steering committee will remain for an additional 2 days to draft a manuscript targeted to BioScience and pursue other opportunities for dissemination and building partnerships. We will produce a concrete set of recommendations that target 1) universities, research centers and other employers of scientists, 2) prospective funders, and 3) relevant policymakers. Further we anticipate that the workshop will mobilize a network of like-minded advocates for data-intensive research training to raise awareness, and collaboratively lead future activities that raise the level of computing literacy in the environmental biology workforce.

Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Frank W. Davis, Stephanie E. Hampton, Matthew B. Jones

Project Dates

Start: April 22, 2015

End: August 10, 2018



Carl Boettiger
University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin Bolker
McMaster University
Jennifer Bryan
University of British Columbia
Amber E. Budden
University of New Mexico
Scott L. Collins
University of New Mexico
Denny S. Fernandez-del-Viso
University of Puerto Rico, Humacao
Wendy K. Gram
National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (NEON)
Louis J. Gross
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lauren M. Hallett
University of California, Berkeley
Stephanie E. Hampton
Washington State University
Rebecca R. Hernandez
Stanford University
Matthew B. Jones
University of California, Santa Barbara
Erin Robinson
Foundation for Earth Science
Mark P. Schildhauer
University of California, Santa Barbara
Mary Shelley
University of Maryland
Mike Smorul
University of Maryland
Sarah R. Supp
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Tracy Teal
Michigan State University
Leah Wasser
National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (NEON)
Ethan P. White
University of Florida


  1. Presentations / 2015

    Data-intensive skills across the environmental sciences

  2. Presentations / 2015

    Preparing the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists to Work at the Frontier of Data-Intensive Research

  3. Journal Article / 2017

    Skills and Knowledge for Data-Intensive Environmental Research