Dr. Brittany Blomberg, a post doc at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, was honored to participate in a data training opportunity at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in July. 

Dr. Blomberg was among 25 scientists chosen from 125 applicants to attend the three week training in Santa Barbara, California. 

The group attended daily hands-on lectures to learn about a variety of contemporary open science tools from command line to data to communication. The scientists are also working in three groups to apply what they learn to a Gulf-oriented project.

"The team I am working on decided to investigate the relationships between environmental change, social capital, and human demographics across all coastal counties of the United States," Dr. Blomberg said.

The course is funded by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences.