National Ecological Observatory Network Gears Up in Yellowstone
- Friday, November 2, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
- Museum of the Rockies
Join MSU Wonderlust, Bobcat Parent & Family Programs, and MSU Alumni Association for this free partnership event on the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
NEON is a National Science Foundation-funded, Battelle-operated continent-wide network of field sites and research operations that collect ground-based and remote sensing data to characterize complex, rapidly changing ecological processes. NEON's open-access datasets enable scientists, planners, and decision makers to tackle critical questions at previously unattainable scales. Join Yellowstone National Park scientists to learn how the new NEON station on our part of the continent works, how NEON is engaging volunteers and undergraduate interns, and what this all means for our future.
Erik Oberg, Yellowstone National Park Biologist, has worked in six national parks over the last 24 years, including the San Antonio Mission National Historic Park, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. He earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management and a Master's certificate in public lands management through the NPS. Erik has worked extensively with water quality monitoring, invertebrate inventories, ecological restoration, and science communication.
Ann Rodman is the Climate Change Program Manager in the Yellowstone Center for Resources. After earning degrees in Geology and Soil Science, Ann took a soil survey position in Yellowstone in the summer of 1988. The historic fires of that year quickly took over her workload. Ann spent the next 29 years in Yellowstone focusing her work on the relationships between ecosystems and the built environment. She co-edited "The Atlas of Yellowstone," a graphic representation of the many factors that shape the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She also supervises the Yellowstone Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory.
Amy Jacobs is the NEON Field Operations Manager for Great Basin and Northern Rockies regions and is based in Salt Lake City. Amy spent the early part of her career in studies in the Pacific Ocean, Ross Sea (Antarctica), the Mediterranean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. Amy later managed an ecosystem restoration program for the State of Florida, leading development of projects to restore coastal estuarine habitats. Amy holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University and an M.S. in Biology from the University of West Florida.
Although this event is free and open to the public, MSU Alumni Association memgers can RSVP via the Alumni Website and Wonderlust members are encouraged to register as they would for any Side Trip.