All applications materials and recommendations must be received by 11:59pm PT on January 11, 2013 for consideration. Accepted participants will be notified in March 2013.
Submit application online or email completed paper application to email@example.com (as scanned PDF).
All letters of recommendation must be submitted online or emailed to David Bloom at the address listed above.
Acceptance to the BITW is a competitive process and the workshop is limited to 20 participants. Individuals selected to participate will receive support for six nights accommodation, support for transportation to and from the workshop, and per diem to help cover daily expenses. Accommodations will be provided on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder.
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.
During the five-day course, participants will work closely with trainers to address compelling biodiversity research questions and focus on the entire scope of a research project, including data acquisition, tools for data evaluation, analysis, and project dissemination and outreach. Participants are expected to bring high levels of motivation and desire to learn the fundamentals of biodiversity informatics and become users of cutting edge tools in GIS and modeling although not necessarily expected to have experience in them. The workshop will include large and small group exercises on a common curriculum, as well as the opportunity for participants to discuss and explore their own research goals/questions. Virtual talks by research professionals from across the U.S. will provide opportunities to discuss how others use informatics tools and workflows. Participants will explore and utilize:
The goal of the workshop is to provide conceptual frameworks and hands-on experience with a suite of data sources such as VertNet (including MaNIS, FishNet, HerpNET, and ORNIS), EOL, Map of Life, and other software tools (e.g., BioGeomancer, GEOLocate, Quantum GIS, R Statistics, ArcGIS, Maxent).At the end of the week, participants should leave the workshop with: