Increase your understanding of ecological processes and change at large spatial and temporal scales with NEON. In addition to data, we offer resources and opportunities that include professional development; seasonal fieldwork jobs for early career scientists; undergraduate research internships; teaching modules and materials for professors to use in the undergraduate classrooms; and online tutorials to gain the data skills needed to work with NEON data.
NEON Data Skills
Looking to improve your NEON data skills using specific tools like R or Python? Check out our free online tutorials which are designed to help you improve your data science research methods. These self-paced tutorials are designed for you to used as standalone help on a single topic or as a series to learn new techniques.
NEON's Teaching Modules make it easy to use NEON data in your classroom. Each module includes lesson outlines, curated datasets, and data skills activities to teach essential ecological concepts with accompanying data skills. Teaching modules are cross-listed on QUBES Hub. We also facilitate Faculty Mentoring Networks to help educators get NEON data into their curriculum.
Workshops can range from a few hours to a week and teach specific skills and provide more insight into NEON data. An annual multi-day Data Institute provides critical skills and foundational knowledge for graduate students and early career scientists working with heterogeneous spatio-temporal data to address ecological questions.
With an increasing recognition that our students need to be able to manage, visualize, analyze, and interpret data, NEON Data Education Fellows Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs) are designed to support faculty interested in working using NEON data in their classroom. NEON FMNs are cohosted with QUBES. See what the Spring 2018 FMN Spring 2018 created!
Early Career Experiences
Each year, NEON hires hundreds of temporary field technicians to assist our full-time field operations staff with observational sampling. NEON field sites are located in some of the nation’s most pristine and wild areas. These opportunities are perfect for up and coming scientists who want valuable field experience collecting data for a continental-scale ecology project.
Undergraduate students from across the U.S. have the opportunity to conduct research or develop their own project as an intern each summer with NEON. Interns work alongside staff mentors and explore career options in weekly professional development seminars and networking events with interns from other scientific programs based in Boulder, CO.
K-12 and Citizen Science Activities
Explore easy-to-use activities for your students to experience collecting scientific data, making observations, and analyzing data. These hands-on activities also support teaching NEON-related concepts such as change over time and space, analyzing patterns, and relationships between organisms and their habitats.
From water sampling and precipitation measurements to plant phenology observations and bird identification, there are many ways you can participate in NEON-related citizen science activities to 1) better understand the environment you live in and 2) contribute and analyze data for scientific research.