About Our STEAC
According to its Charter and By-laws, the Science, Technology & Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) is an advisory body to the NEON Program that provides strategic advice to Battelle, the NEON Principal Investigator (PI), and NEON Program staff on the planning and operation of the NEON Program and other relevant programs. This strategic guidance encompasses, but is not limited to:
- How the NEON Program can meet its high‐level goals, such as enabling continental‐scale ecology and forecasting
- NEON’s science requirements
- Significant potential enhancements of the NEON Program
- NEON’s Strategic Engagement Plan
- Metrics and evaluation of program progress and success
- Prioritization of operational activities
The STEAC members serve three-year terms and are expected to attend two in-person meetings at NEON headquarters in Boulder, CO, each year and participate in monthly conference calls with the Chief Scientist/Observatory Director and other NEON staff as needed. When vacancies become available on the STEAC, announcements are made to the broader science and education communities as part of engagement activities, external meeting announcements, and on the NEON webpage and email newsletter, to solicit nominations.
How STEAC Members are Selected
Announcements that STEAC vacancies need to be filled, along with a roster of current STEAC members and their biographical sketches, will be made available to the broader science and education communities as part of engagement activities, external meeting announcements, and on the NEON website and email newsletter.
The Chair may form a subcommittee to vet nominations for candidates who wish to serve on the STEAC, or may decide to have them vetted by the full STEAC. The broader community will have 30 days from the initial announcement to contact the STEAC nomination committee with potential candidates. Self-nomination or peer nomination is allowed. Candidates may also be provided to the STEAC by the NEON PI, the Director of the NEON Observatory, and NEON staff. Nominations must include full name, contact information, a curriculum vitae, and a one paragraph description of the interests and skills the candidate would bring to the STEAC.
Members are selected from the pool of nominations received. Particular attention is given to nominees who are already using NEON data or planning to use NEON data, and are experts in areas of high priority for the Observatory. STEAC members should have a solid scientific reputation in their discipline and possess the following professional attributes: 1) understand the challenges of incorporating new technology into ecology, and 2) represent thoughtful and engaged scientists who understand the mission of the National Science Foundation Biological Sciences Directorate, NEON, other research networks and, 3) hold considerable credibility within the broader scientific community.
Because the scope of NEON is broad as well as deep, the membership will represent a range of specific sub-disciplines needed to successfully advise Battelle regarding the NEON program. The STEAC membership is also intended to be inclusive, including representation from across the spectrum of diversity in gender, career stage, race and ethnicity, institution type, geography (e.g., NEON Domain representation), area of expertise, and life experience.
Overall acceptance of a candidate will be determined by a yes vote of the majority of the subcommittee or full STEAC; they will recommend the addition of the new STEAC member to the NEON PI for final approval. The invitation to join STEAC is tendered from the NEON PI and the STEAC Chair. The selection and publication of the STEAC membership for the upcoming year will be published on the NEON website by September 1 of each year.
|Lilian Alessa||University of Idaho||link|
|Emily Bernhardt||Duke University||link|
|Sarah Bevins||USDA National Wildlife Research Ctr. Ft Collins, CO||link|
|Mike Dietze||Boston University||link|
|Anne Giblin||Marine Biological Laboratory||link|
|Peter Groffman||Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies||link|
|Rob Guralnick||University of Florida||link|
|Sparkle Malone||Florida International University||link|
|Jackie Matthes||Wellesley College||link|
|Kim Novick||Indiana University||link|
|Steve Petruzza||Utah State University||link|
|Shawn Serbin||Brookhaven National Laboratory||link|