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."
The new awards, their principal investigators and sponsor institutions are:
- FRA: The future of US forest function under changing climate, disturbance, and forest management: Christina Staudhammer, University of Alabama; Gregory Glass, University of Florida; Courtney Schultz, Colorado State University; Paul Stoy, Montana State University
- FRA: Testing abiotic drivers of activity, abundance, and diversity of ground-dwelling arthropod communities at a continental scale: Michael Kaspari, University of Oklahoma
- FRA: Causes, consequences, and cross-scale linkages of climate-driven phenological mismatch across three trophic levels: Morgan Tingley, University of Connecticut; Allen Hurlbert, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Leslie Ries, Georgetown University
- ECA: A multi-scale framework to quantify and forecast population changes and associated uncertainties: Elise Zipkin, Michigan State University; Leslie Ries, Georgetown University
- ECA: Linking thermal tolerance to invasion dynamics: Climate and physiological capacity as regulators of geographical spread: Kristine Grayson, University of Richmond; Salvatore Agosta, Virginia Commonwealth University; Dylan Parry, State University of New York
- FRA: Grassroots global network science: a macrosystems model: Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
- FRA: Improved Understanding of Feedbacks between Ecosystem Phenology and the Weather-Climate Nexus at Local-to-Continental Scales: Andrew Richardson, Northern Arizona University; Steve Frolking, University of New Hampshire; Mark Friedl, Boston University; Toby Ault, Cornell University
- ECA: Ecosystems in four dimensions: Measuring changes to forest structure and function in the Anthropocene: Kyla Dahlin, Michigan State University
- ECA: Leveraging NEON data to investigate remote sensing of biodiversity variables and scaling implications: Jessica Mitchell, Appalachian State University
- ECA: A macrosystems science training program: developing undergraduates' simulation modeling, distributed computing, and collaborative skills: Cayelan Carey, Virginia Tech