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University of Alabama, Montana State University, University of Oklahoma and University of New Hampshire Researchers Part of Teams Awarded Funding for Early NEON and MacroSystems Biology Projects

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued 10 new awards, worth a total of $12.2 million, through its MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) Science program. These awards will support research to help better detect, understand and predict the effects of phenology, climate and land-use changes on living systems, and also predict the feedbacks to the environment that cross local and continental scales.

"The scientific community has seen a recent boon of new tools, from remote ecological sensor networks to citizen scientist-generated data, that allows us to study biology at scales that were never possible before," said James Olds, head of the NSF Biological Sciences Directorate, which oversees the MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program. "These projects take advantage of those new tools, asking questions about how measurements made at one scale can be applied to others. Macrosystems science studies every dimension of biology, from genes to the globe."

Oklahoma Neon

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.

The new awards, their principal investigators and sponsor institutions are:

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