This student workshop is part of the Future of Environmental Decisions Series.

Since 2008, ESA has worked with several partner organizations to ensure continental-scale science reaches the diverse faculty and students in the undergraduate and graduate community.

To learn more about this series, visit the program website at:

This workshop is organized by:

Office of Education & Diversity Programs

Scaling UP: Future of Environmental Decisions

Current students and recent graduates will learn about the role of continental-scale science in helping citizens and decision-makers better understand the interaction of local and regional issues and the complexity of environmental decision-making using a case study of the Chesapeake Bay.

Workshop Dates: Sunday, June 2, 2013 – Friday, June 7, 2013

Location: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, MD (near Baltimore).


The FED workshop aims to introduce undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) infrastructure, and provide opportunities for students to:

  • develop insights into environmental decision-making using environmental and social science data
  • gain 21st century skills in working with large scale data, mapping and public communications technologies
  • build skills to communicate science to land and resource managers and the general public
  • explore potential ecology and environmental science careers

Program Benefits:

Up to 25 awards of travel, lodging, and subsistence support to attend the workshop,

  • Work in groups with scientific experts to explore geospatial datasets relevant to the ecological and socioeconomic dimensions of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Learn and develop GIS skills.
  • Explore scientific research practices in the Chesapeake Bay, aboard the R/V Rachel Carson.
  • Network and meet professionals from environmental career tracks
  • Present findings to peers and environmental professionals.


Current and recently graduated undergraduate students as well as current Graduate students (Masters and Ph.D. candidates) from any academic discipline – including social, natural, formal and applied science fields – are invited to participate. Underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply. (Only US Citizen can apply.)

For more information about the application process view the “How to Apply” page.