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.
It was previously reported that fDOM values (Water Quality data product, DP1.20288.001), measured using older model sensor probes, were artificially low. NEON has retired these probes and replaced them with newer models in which the defect has been corrected. It therefore should not occur in any data collected after June 1st, 2022.
In RELEASE-2022, the phe_statusintensity table in the Plant Phenology data product (DP1.10055.001) did not include observations for the ‘Young leaves’ phenophase for several growth forms for observations made in 2020. These records are also absent in provisional data accessed prior to 2022-10. The processing error that led to omission of these records has been fixed and the data have been reprocessed. 2020 data will be included in RELEASE-2023.
In August, ESA/CSEE 2022 in Montreal was the first in-person meeting for the societies since 2019, and there were plenty of reasons to be excited. Our favorite? Seeing talks and posters from researchers who are leveraging NEON data to explore critical questions in ecology, from population dynamics to carbon cycling. Here are three that caught our eye.
We recently asked Puerto Rican-born Wilmarie Plaza-Muniz, Field Ecologist with the NEON program in the Atlantic Neotropical Domain, to share about her work with the national project, her path into ecology, and how her heritage and passions inform her current work.
This summer, more than 3500 ecologists gathered in Montréal for the 2022 ESA/CSEE joint meeting. We were thrilled to participate and have the opportunity to meet NEON data users (and prospective data users) face to face - here are some highlights!
Dozens of individuals and teams have participated in the Ecological Forecasting Initiative Research Coordination Network (EFI-RCN)’s NEON Ecological Forecasting Challenge, which challenges people to create ecological forecasts using data from the NEON program. Educators across the country are using the Challenge with their undergraduate and graduate students.
Janelle Hakala, a NEON instrument technician and a NEON-TEX Community Science Fellow, worked with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers in Colorado to develop a long-term monitoring plan modeled on the NEON plant protocols.
As they fly around the U.S. collecting data from Domain to Domain, our Airborne Sensor Operators (ASOs) take some pretty good photos! Here we introduce you to three of our ASOs and showcase some pictures taken aboard NEON's Airborne Observation Platform (AOP)—along with some other fun photos of life as a NEON ASO.
NEON and LTER have worked closely together since the initial design phase of the NEON Observatory. In fact, a number of NEON sites were deliberately colocated with established LTER sites across the country. These shared spaces add value for both networks and for the research community at large.