Courtney Meier

Lead Research Scientist, Terrestrial Observation System, Plant Ecology

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About Courtney

Dr. Meier is a lead scientist for the NEON Terrestrial Observation System (TOS), and is primarily responsible for development, implementation, and data quality as related to NEON plant biomass and productivity sampling. He oversees protocols and data products related to plant below-ground root biomass, coarse downed wood, herbaceous biomass and productivity, leaf area index, and vegetation structure. In addition, Meier works closely with NEON colleagues to integrate these sampling efforts with NEON TOS canopy foliar chemistry, litter productivity, plant diversity, and soil microbe sampling, as well as NEON Terrestrial Instrument System tower measurements.

Meier holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Pomona College. He is interested in understanding drivers of changing plant biomass and productivity patterns across ecosystems, as well as controls on soil carbon and nutrient cycling. He has investigated effects of plant species loss on soil processes, as well as interactions between plants and soils with respect to priming and soil carbon stabilization.

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National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)