The Pole to Pole MBON of the Americas (P2P) and AmeriGEOSS are offering a five-day training program targeting marine scientists in the Americas, from pole to pole, with expertise in coastal ecology. The program will focus on marine biodiversity activities in the field and behind the computer that promote a community of best practices. Specifically, the activities will be to:

  • Collect field data across multiple habitats: rocky intertidal and sandy beaches habitats;
  • Manipulate tabular and spatial data for standardized data formats, such as Darwin Core, while controlling for quality;
  • Publish datasets to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) using tools for sharing data;
  • Train on data science tools (R, Rmarkdown, Github) to mine data, conduct discovery and analysis, and produce reproducible research documents with interactive visualizations onto the web.

Aims and Objectives

This workshop is a foundational step in the implementation of the P2P network. Participants will develop standard protocols for field data collection, data formatting and publishing, following international standards (e.g. Darwin Core - DwC). The ultimate goal is to develop a network that helps nations and regions to improve conservation planning and environmental impact mitigation, serve the scientific community, and satisfy commitments to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Aichi Targets of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhance coordination of data collection among nations;
  • Improve the collection of harmonized data, developing data standards and methodologies for data management and dissemination without compromising national concerns;
  • Integrate biodiversity information with physical and chemical data over time (status and trends);
  • Generate products needed for informed management of the ocean.

Target Audience

Course Pre-requisites:

Participants must provide real datasets to work during the workshop

Mid level knowledge of R or Python

Interest on Rocky shores and/or Sandy beaches


C.M. Barboza

Ben Best

G.N. Corte

Maikon Di Domenico

Emmet Duffy

B. Helmuth

Eduardo Klein

Patricia Miloslavich

Enrique Montes

Frank Muller-Karger

F. Lima

G. Rilov

Dates: 06-10 August 2018

Venue: Centro de Biologia Marinha (CEBIMar; Universidade de São Paulo), Praia do Segredo - São Sebastião, São Paulo, , Brazil

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Last modified: Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 1:48 PM