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.


UNC’s Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate – applications currently being accepted!

Are you passionate about climate change adaptation, hazard mitigation, or disaster recovery? Do you have a background in land use planning, housing, transportation, economic development, social justice, public health, public administration, or a range of other fields that contribute to these important topics?

If you are interested in learning more about UNC’s Natural Hazards Resilience certificate program, please visit this site or email Gavin Smith at, Anna Schwab at, or Jennifer Butler at


Fall 2016 UNC course: Global perspectives on barrier island dynamics and resilience

Geol 710: Global Perspectives on Barrier Island Dynamics and Resilience

Thursdays 11 am; Mitchell Hall 110

Instructor, Dr. Laura Moore (

A 3-unit seminar-style class geared toward graduate students and upper-level under-graduates. Following an introduction to barrier islands and their global distribution, students will engage in active discussions of the latest science on topics including barrier island dynamics, modeling of barrier island response to sea level rise, overwash dynamics and storm response, vulnerability to changing conditions and resilience.

Please contact Professor Moore if interested.