MDI Biological Laboratory

MDI Biological Laboratory to Host Environmental Data Fellow

  • January 20, 2022

The old adage says that many hands make light work – and during the busy MDIBL summers, we’re thankful for all the hands we can get! The whole community is excited that MDIBL has been selected as a host site 2022 for an Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Data Management Fellowship.

The EDI’s mission focuses on the curation and publishing of environmental data, so for ten weeks over the summer we’ll house a graduate student at our beautiful Salisbury Cove campus. The fellow will receive training from EDI and will gain hands-on experience at the Lab, supporting our Community Environmental Health Laboratory with data management. In particular, they’ll work on phytoplankton data from Frenchman Bay, datasets that span 20 years and were collected via two different methods. “We’ll focus on reconciling these datasets and preparing them for publishing,” explains associate professor of environmental health, Jane Disney, Ph.D. “It’s a great project for a deep dive into data management.”

The EDI fellow will also support work on the MDIBL-built citizen science platform,, making sure that data from numerous citizen science projects are in shareable formats that can be readily analyzed, visualized, and used to move “data to action.”

Applications for the fellowship will open shortly, and the selected candidate will join us in Salisbury Cove sometime in June.