VertNet Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop - Call for Applications

VertNet Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop

Where: University of Colorado, Boulder
When: 24-30 June 2012

We are excited to announce a call for applications for VertNet’s first biodiversity informatics workshop. Please share this information with your colleagues, students, friends, and anyone else whom you believe would be interested in this opportunity.

The Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop (BITW) will provide participants with the training and experience to work with primary biodiversity data sources and new tools necessary to become proficient in biodiversity informatics and conduct biodiversity research. Led by experienced informaticians and researchers, the BITW will emphasize the use and analysis of aggregated biodiversity data from VertNet, and other sources, for a wide of variety of research.

During the course of five days, participants will work closely with trainers to address compelling biodiversity research questions, focusing on the entire scope of a research project, from initial data acquisition to tools for data evaluation to analysis and finally, project dissemination and outreach. The workshop will include large and small group exercises on a common curriculum as well as the opportunity for participants to discuss and explore individual research questions with trainers. During the workshop, participants will explore and utilize:

Data sources for discovery, acquisition, data standards, database creation and organization (e.g., VertNet, GBIF, Darwin Core)
Organization, analysis, work flow, and data improvement tools
Biodiversity measurement and analyses techniques (e.g., species richness, turnover)
Species distribution modeling approaches
Dissemination, education and outreach mechanisms (e.g., citizen science)

Who should attend?
Advanced undergraduates, recent post baccalaureates, and early-career graduate students currently working, or interested in a career in a biodiversity related field, including, but not limited to, ecology, conservation, geography, biology, environmental science, computer science, and library science.

Workshop Selection and Support
Acceptance to the BITW is a competitive process and the workshop is limited to 25 participants.

DEADLINE: All applications materials and recommendations must be received by 11:59 pm PT on 10 January 2012 for consideration.

Accepted participants will be notified in March 2012. Individuals selected for participation will receive support to cover reasonable costs for transportation, accommodations, and per diem. Accommodations will be provided on the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) campus.

Application materials are available at

Submit application materials online at

or send all completed materials and one letter of recommendation to


David Bloom
VertNet Coordinator
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, California 94720.