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Art Woods, Marty Martin
Scott Collins, Alan Knapp
What is NEON? What hopes and concerns do we have for large-scale research projects in ecology?
On this episode of Big Biology, we talk about the challenges of doing…big biology! The National Ecological Observatory Network, or NEON, is a US National Science Foundation-funded project that has started collecting massive amounts of data from terrestrial and freshwater habitats across a network of sites distributed across the United States. Scott Collins, a professor at the University of New Mexico, and Alan Knapp, a professor at Colorado State University, have been involved in developing, promoting, and sometimes criticizing NEON. We discussed with them the successes and potential of NEON and the major challenges and controversies that it has faced. We also talked about how they believe NEON can have positive impacts in the future.
Cover photo: Keating Shahmehri
Length of Episode
1 hour, 13 minutes, 41 seconds
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 101: NEON: The promises and challenges of large-scale ecological research (with Collins and Knapp)" (2023). BigBiology Podcasts. 103.