According to its bylaws, the Science, Technology & Education Advisory Committee (STEAC) is “primarily an advisory body to the NEON Project and will provide strategic advice to Battelle, the NEON Principal Investigator (PI), and NEON Project staff on the planning, construction, and operation of the NEON Project and other relevant programs.” This is a particularly exciting time to be engaged with NEON as construction nears completion and the Observatory transitions into full operations.
The STEAC is comprised of 15-20 members who 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.
How STEAC Members are Selected
Potential STEAC members may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Members are then selected from the nominations received according to criteria that insure diversity and inclusion in representation, including variety in gender, career stage, race and ethnicity, institution type, geography (e.g., NEON Domain representation), area of expertise, and life experience. Particular attention is given to nominees that are already using NEON data or planning to use NEON data, and areas of expertise currently needed on the committee including vertebrates, insects (ticks or mosquitoes), soil science, large scale (continental) ecology, modeling impacts of climate change on ecosystems, LiDAR and other remote sensing like MODIS or Landsat/Sentinel 2 Phenology, broadening participation in STEM fields, and experience with networks and large facilities, e.g., MREFC, LTER, CZO, GLEON or other international observation networks.
Nominations are currently being accepted through August 15, 2018.