IGN 6 - NEON's First Light

Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
316, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Andrew M. Fox, National Ecological Observatory Network
Eugene F. Kelly, NEON
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is designed to facilitate continental-scale ecological research over a 30 year time period, providing systematic measurements, flexible operation, and research capability needed to assess long-term biosphere change and vastly expand our knowledge of regional and continental scale ecology. Some NEON sites are nearing completion and have begun operations; many more sites will be completed during the coming year. Provisional NEON data and airborne observations, along with protocols and documentation, are now available on the NEON Data Portal. In addition, NEON-collected specimens and collections are available and can be requested for research purposes. Through a number of funding mechanisms, the NSF is fostering research that makes use of NEON right now by enabling research teams to coordinate their efforts and to address specific questions. Here we bring together a broad range of ecologists involved in these activities to describe what they are doing, share their experiences with each other and the wider community and discuss future plans for using NEON. The aims of this session are to: • Demonstrate the availability and broad use of a representative and scientifically useful suite of NEON data, encompassing ground-based and airborne observations, to the community. • Report on workshops that will bring together members of the ecological community for the purpose of defining important scientific questions and initiating specific analyses or synthesis of NEON data. • Stimulate interest and excitement about current and upcoming ways that NEON is being used that can be built upon in future proposals.
 NEON-CZO microbial ecology and biogeochemistry data integration and cross-site comparison
Emma L. Aronson, UC Riverside; Chelsea Carey, University of California, Riverside; Aaron Packman, Northwestern University; Nanxi Lu, Northwestern University; Emilio Mayorga, Washington State University; Sarah M. Owens, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory; Folker Meyer, Argonne National Laboratory; Lee F. Stanish, University of Colorado
 Why we must forecast, starting today
Michael Dietze, Boston University
 Is canopy complexity a global predictor of forest growth? Using NEON to understand ecosystem structure-production relationships across broad spatial scales
Brady S Hardiman, Purdue University; Christopher M. Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University; Robert T. Fahey, University of Connecticut; Jeff Atkins, Virginia Commonwealth University
 Scaling up terrestrial plant phenology
Margaret Kosmala, Harvard University; Andrew D. Richardson, Harvard University
 IBEIS and NEON: From pixels to science to conservation
Daniel I. Rubenstein, Princeton University; Charles Stewart, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago; Jason Holmberg, Wild Me
 NEONAnts: Spatial and temporal dynamics of North American ant assemblages
Michael D. Weiser, University of Oklahoma; Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma
 Intraspecific trait variation at a continental scale
Phoebe Zarnetske, Michigan State University
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