28-30 September 2023
The Great Lakes User Group (GLUG) is the first NEON Domain-specific ensemble of researchers. The goal of GLUG is to address scientific and technical issues specific to the Great Lakes region using NEON data and resources. While NEON has a continental-scale approach, its mission cannot be achieved without input from those who understand how macrosystem ecology questions and challenges manifest at a more local level. To meet that need, this kick-off workshop seeks to engage stakeholders in identifying what ecological research and data collection is ongoing within the Great Lakes Domain and how this knowledge and expertise can be leveraged to advance scientific knowledge and address NEON’s mission.
The Great Lakes User Group will facilitate regionally focused, nationally relevant, collaborative research and create a mechanism for communication among regional stakeholders and NEON staff. The workshop will consist of short presentations, guest speakers, breakout brainstorming sessions, and site visits. The overarching goals are to:
- Establish a network of Great Lakes researchers
- Integrate data from a range of ecologically-focused disciplines
- Identify major ecological research challenges specific to the Great Lakes
- Develop collaborative research proposal(s) based on the identified challenges
- Establish a framework to facilitate the formation of other user groups
- Draft a workshop report for NSF
The outcome of these activities will strengthen existing collaborations, foster new ones, and raise greater awareness and use of NEON observations.
The primary aim of the workshop is to build a network of researchers interested in ecology (terrestrial and aquatic) and related fields focused on NEON’s Domain 05 – the Great Lakes.
Registration is closed
Limited funding from NSF is available to cover travel and lodging expenses for this meeting. If you require funding to be able to attend, please reach out to the workshop organizers.
Logistics: Meals, Location, & Lodging
Meals: The entire workshop will be catered at no cost to participants. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Kemp. Dinners will be out at restaurants (TBD).
Location: The meeting will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Kemp Natural Resources Station (Kemp), near Minocqua, Wisconsin. There will also be field site tours of various NEON Domain 05 terrestrial and aquatic field sites (all within 1-hour from Kemp).
Lodging: Shared, dorm-style lodging will be provided at Kemp at no cost to participants. There are also many hotel options available in Minocqua, Wisconsin, for participants that prefer their own room (this option may not be covered by workshop funding).
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