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News Release 17-076

10 new awards support ecological research at regional to continental scales

MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science projects use big data from NSF observatories, long-term research sites, federal agencies, citizen science data sets and other sources

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University of Oklahoma ecologist Michael Kaspari samples the ants from a plot at the Ordway Swisher NEON site.

University of Oklahoma ecologist Michael Kaspari samples the ants from a plot at the Ordway Swisher NEON site. These samples, combined with the insects collected from pitfall trap network across NEON,will be used to greatly expand NEON's invertebrate data-reach, toward testing how the diversity, abundance, and activity of soil invertebrates varies with changing temperature, precipitation, and soil chemistry.

Credit: Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma. Photograph by Deborah Kaspari.


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The University of Richmond's Kristine Grayson in her lab working with students.

The University of Richmond's Kristine Grayson in her lab working with students. Grayson's work focuses on gypsy moths and climate.

Credit: University of Richmond, Gordon Schmidt


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A gypsy moth.

The gypsy moth can provide scientists insight on how changing environments affect the spread of invasive species.

Credit: University of Richmond, Gordon Schmidt


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Awardee Cayelan Carey (far right) shows students how to run lake models on computers at a workshop.

Awardee Cayelan Carey (far right) teaches students how to run lake models on their computers at a GLEON (Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network) workshop. Her new NSF award will support the development of modules that will teach undergraduate students macrosystems ecology concepts, quantitative reasoning skills, and computer programming.

Credit: Grace S. Hong


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Image of trees from the PhenoCam network

Work by awardee Andrew Richardson, of Northern Arizona University will use images from PhenoCam, a network of digital cameras, to track vegetation phenology at high spatial and temporal resolution across North America, from tundra to the tropics.

Credit: Images provided courtesy of the PhenoCam network


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Illustration of Jessica Mitchell's work testing biodiversity mapping methods using reflectance spectroscopy and laser scanning.

Appalachian State University's Jessica Mitchell will test biodiversity mapping methods using reflectance spectroscopy (top) and laser scanning (bottom) technologies onboard the NSF-supported National Ecology Observatory Network (NEON) Airborne Observation Platform. Scaling implications will be investigated by combining NEON airborne and field based datasets from seven network sites located along a latitudinal gradient in the northeastern U.S.

Credit: Jessica Mitchell, Appalachian State University


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