Research Scientist, Instrumented Systems - QA/QC Lead
Cove joined NEON’s Fundamental Instrument Unit (FIU) in 2015 as a staff scientist, where he is working on the development of QA/QC and uncertainty estimation algorithms for NEON’s tower-based meteorological measurements. Cove comes to NEON with a background in biometeorology, ecology, scientific algorithm development, and engineering. His doctoral research out of San Diego State University examined how soil moisture regime and ecosystem development on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska influence the temporal and spatial variability of land-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 and CH4.
In his postdoctoral work at the University of California Berkeley, Cove applied wavelets and information theory to investigate the important time scales and time lags of couplings between CO2, CH4, and H2O fluxes and their biophysical drivers in restored wetlands of Northern California. As part of his postdoctoral work, Cove developed and managed a centralized data processing and analysis code for a small network of flux towers aimed at evaluating the influence of land-use and land-management on greenhouse gas emissions. In joining NEON, Cove returns to the home of his alma mater, the University of Colorado Boulder, where he obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering.