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Research supported by NEON
NEON provides a foundation for hundreds of research projects. Learn about the work we've supported:
Sorting Out the Taxonomy of North American Diatoms
An investigation into freshwater diatoms from the NEON aquatic field sites in Puerto Rico led to a reclassification of diatom taxa in the region, and the possible discovery of a new diatom species. A paper recently published in Phytotaxa details the results of the research, which was enabled by samples from the NEON Biorepository.
Where Does the Water Go? Partitioning Evaporation and Transpiration
How much of the water that enters terrestrial systems is used by plants for growth, and how much simply escapes back into the atmosphere unused? Chris Adkison, a researcher at Texas A&M University, used data from the NEON program to compare the accuracy of different methods of partitioning evaporation and transpiration in a Texas oak woodland.
The Answers (to Fungal Spore Dispersal) Are Blowing in the Wind
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are found in nearly every ecosystem, quietly helping plants absorb nutrients from the soil. Dr. Bala Chaudhary, an assistant professor of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University, wants to build a better model of how these vital ecosystem players disperse across the continent.
People making an impact
Women in Ecology – Alex Harmond-Threatt
Dr. Harmon-Threatt, associate professor of entomology at the University of Illinois School of Integrative Biology, discusses how her mentors first opened her eyes to the possibility of pursuing a career in ecology and how she hopes to provide the same opportunities to her female students, especially those of color, to increase the representation of women of color in academia and the natural sciences.
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