Senior planners of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) provided a project update at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) conference in Washington, DC, 3–4 February 2005.
NEON codirector Bruce Hayden discussed the complexities of designing ecological forecasting systems at a roundtable/plenary panel. Hayden described the process of sharpening NEON's focus as the project evolves toward its specific build-out design. He also addressed issues related to how observatories support the science needed to generate forecasting models, supplying data that is crucial to running the models and evaluating their effectiveness as forecasting tools.
In a second presentation, Hayden gave NCSE conference attendees an overview of the NEON concept. He was joined by William Michener, codirector for informatics and technology, who outlined the 21-month design process that will result in a detailed NEON planning document by June 2006. Finally, project manager Jeffrey Goldman discussed the results of the first meeting of the NEON Design Consortium, held in Los Angeles, 4–6 January 2005, which produced first-draft committee reports addressing eight science challenges, technical infrastructure issues, educational programs, and the formation of NEON, Inc.
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In February 2005, the AIBS Board of Directors welcomed the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut as member organizations in AIBS.
The International Association for Bear Research and Management, founded in 1968, is a volunteer organization open to professional biologists, wildlife managers, and others dedicated to the conservation of all species of bear. The organization consists of several hundred members from over 20 countries. IBA supports the scientific management of bears through research and distribution of information. The organization also sponsors international conferences on all aspects of bear biology, ecology, and management. These conferences alternate between venues in the Americas and in Eurasia. The IBA publishes the journal Ursus. Read more about the society at www.bearbiology.org.
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut consists of over 30 faculty and 50 graduate students with taxonomic interests in algae, parasites, mosses, lichens, vascular plants, insects, and vertebrates. Faculty and students conduct field work on every continent except Antarctica and use the full range of modern experimental, observational, and analytical techniques to investigate a broad range of questions in ecology, evolutionary biology, and systematics. More information about the department and its programs is at www.eeb.uconn.edu.
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