Plant scientist Nidhi Vinod, Ph.D. student at UCLA, is an incredible example of what it means to be a successful scientist who has overcome barriers in her field. In interviewing her, we learned of the societal and financial pressure she faced in paving her path forward in the field of ecology, how intertwined her relationship with her ancestors and spirituality is with her love for ecology, and the work she is doing – some utilizing NEON data – to contribute to ecology worldwide.
High-tech sensors and monitors are transforming agriculture, enabling farmers to optimize yields and improve efficiency. Arable, a provider of smart digital agriculture solutions, is using the NEON program infrastructure through a NEON Assignable Assets project to calibrate and validate their sensor technology in various climate zones and ecosystems across the U.S.
AGU's Thriving Earth Exchange Program (AGU-TEX) has welcomed a new group of Community Science Fellows in partnership with NEON! This cohort is comprised of field staff across 4 of NEON's Domains. Beginning in this year, they will be conducting community outreach, and ultimately working with AGU-TEX to launch collaborative, co-developed community science projects that produce on-the-ground impact through application of NEON's data and resources.
It's Phenology Week at the National Phenology Network! USA-NPN tracks the status of spring each year with maps generated by data from citizen scientists via Nature's Notebook along with data from scientific organizations like the NEON program. Signs of spring progress are also seen across our field site phenocams!
Battelle Senior Ecologist Eric Sokol with the NEON Program works with the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research (MCM LTER) Project to gather and produce ecological data and resources, in one of the most remote locations in the world.
The NEON program supports 34 aquatic field sites, including lakes, wadeable streams, and non-wadeable rivers. These sites—many of them colocated with NEON terrestrial field sites—provide a deluge of data for ecologists interested in aquatic ecology and limnology.
Dr. Kyla Dahlin of Michigan State University says support networks and mentors have helped her pursue a career researching landscape and plant ecology, remote sensing, and Earth system modeling. From making management plans for city parks, to thinking globally about ecology, she has seen a lot in her STEM journey.
The National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR), NEON, and CI Compass have worked to bring about the NCAR-NEON-Community Collaborations. Their efforts now link atmospheric and ecological science communities to begin seeking meaningful data together.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Jianwu (Jim) Tang this January. He was a respected senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Ecosystems Center (University of Chicago), Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who made many contributions to making NEON what it is today.
When researchers come together, good things happen—especially when they have access to open data. The connections made at the 2019 NEON Science Summit led to a number of new studies and published papers. Now, we're looking forward to the 2023 ESIIL Innovation Summit - applications to attend the Summit are due January 22!
Blue oaks are a keystone species in the woodlands of central California; however, climate change and land management practices have threatened populations in many areas. NEON's Sokaina Alkhafaji partnered with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy and the University of California Cooperative Extension to develop blue oak monitoring protocols that could be used by landowners and conservation organizations across the state.
For the latest post in this series, we feature Lori Petrauski, a NEON Senior Field Ecologist for Domains 18 and 19 (Tundra and Taiga) in Alaska. Inclusivity, appreciation for nature, and critical thinking about how ecology can help to understand future impacts are at the forefront of her approach to science.
Treetop leaf sampling at forested NEON field sites just got a whole lot easier. We've added a new tool to our kit: an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone. Drone-based foliar sampling has been added as an official NEON protocol for forested sites. The UAV will also be available for use in the Assignable Assets program.
Battelle NEON is working with Google Public Sector to leverage the speed and power of Google Cloud's artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities to accelerate discovery and get ecological data into the hands of scientists, educators, and decision makers.
Exactly how does biodiversity impact the stability of communities over time and across scales? A recent paper uses NEON data to explore the relationship between plant biodiversity and temporal stability at both local and regional scales.
A new paper in Journal of Animal Ecology uses NEON lidar data plus observational data to explore relationships between animal species richness and various local and regional variables. The goal? To determine which variables have the best predictive power for species richness at different scales.