Training course: “Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program” application open until 2/20

Apply by Feb. 20: NCEAS Open Science for Synthesis training course (please forward)

As part of our work to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and scientific synthesis, as well as support the training it requires, the Gulf Research Program is pleased to sponsor a hands-on data science course run by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). This three-week intensive training—Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program—is designed to help both early career (upper-level graduate students) and established researchers gain skills in data science, including scientific synthesis, reproducible science, and data management. Participants will receive support to cover economy round-trip airfare within the contiguous U.S. and be given accommodation in Santa Barbara for the July 10-28, 2017 training. NCEAS is accepting applications now; apply by 5pm PST on Monday, February 20, 2017.

The hands-on NCEAS training experience focuses on group synthesis projects that allow participants to apply the skills they learn in the training directly to research projects relevant to the Gulf Research Program. In past NCEAS trainings, these synthesis projects have led to publishable results for participants. Instructors for the training will include NCEAS Director of Informatics Research and Development, Matthew Jones, DataONE Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Amber Budden and many others.


Presentation: Brian McAdoo (Yale University) on “Man-Made Natural Disasters and the Role of Geoscience” 1/19

Please join the UNC Department of Geological Sciences for the following presentation on Thursday, January 19th. A reception will begin at 3:30pm, with a talk following at 4pm in Mitchell 005.

Brian McAdoo,  Yale University

Man-Made Natural Disasters and the Role of Geoscience

Currently Dr. McAdoo is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS College. He was also on the faculty at Vassar College before moving to Yale (he is currently based in Singapore) so he has worked in a variety of environments. Much of his work has focused on tsunamis and tsunami impacts (a short sampling of his academic papers appears below).

  • “A 1,000-year sediment record of tsunami recurrence in northern Sumatra”
  • “Hurricane Katrina storm surge distribution and field observations on the Mississippi Barrier Islands”
  • “Extreme runup from the 17 July 2006 Java tsunami”
  • “Hillslope evolution by bedrock landslides”

Webinar: Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience in MARCO Region (1/24)

Event Description:
Working with New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — the five members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) — the Environmental Law Institute prepared a detailed assessment of methods to identify, conserve, and restore wetlands for protection of communities and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. The webinar will examine the tools and approaches available, and panelists will focus on use of science in designing priority systems for wetland restoration and conservation in climate adaptation focusing on practical and innovative Maryland and New York area examples.

Rebecca Kihslinger, Science and Policy Analyst, ELI (moderator)
Jim McElfish, Senior Attorney, ELI
Dr. Nicole Maher, Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy (NY)
Kelly Collins Choi, Chesapeake and Coastal Service, Maryland DNR

Date/Time: Jan. 24, 2017, 1:00pm-2:30 pm (ET)