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What's That Beetle? Ask the Algorithm

Can machine learning be used for accurate species identification of beetles and other invertebrates? Researchers at the University of British Columbia sought to answer this question using NEON carabid beetle data. Machine learning could one day be used to classify unidentified species in the NEON pitfall bycatch and answer new questions about invertebrate diversity and abundance across North America.

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Looking at the Drivers of Small Mammal Reproductive Phenology

How do you collect phenology data at a large scale for an elusive species like the deer mouse? Drs. Bryan McLean and Robert Guralnick combined mammal trapping data from the NEON program with a century of museum data to find insights into the environmental drivers of reproduction for small mammals.

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After the Fire: Studying Forest Recovery and Carbon Storage Potential

Dr. Jennifer Balch, a Fire Ecologist at University of Colorado Boulder, is studying wildfire-impacted areas in the western U.S. to answer burning questions about forest recovery and carbon storage potential. Her work could lead to improved models of the impact of wildfires on atmospheric carbon levels and climate change.

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Observatory Blog

Like to hear what the NEON community is working on? We publish about one new blog post per week.

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Scientists and educators have published many professional papers using NEON data and resources. Check out our bibliography.

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NEON at ESA 2020

NEON attended and was a Gold Sponsor at the 2020 Ecological Society of America meeting.

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Have you used NEON data, samples, or infrastructure? Please contact us about your research and we'd be happy to write a blog article featuring your work as well as add your papers to our publications list.