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NEON Workshop: Biodiversity, Species Composition, and Ecosystem Functioning

July 27-28, 2004

Hastings Natural History Reservation
University of California
38601 E. Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Workshop participants

  1. Mike Allen, University of California-Riverside
  2. Larry Bai-Li, University of California-Riverside
  3. James Baldwin, University of California-Riverside
  4. Carrine Blank, Washington University-St. Louis
  5. Alex Glazer, Natural Reserve System
  6. Phil Hastings, University of California-San Diego
  7. Leonard Krishtalka, University of Kansas
  8. William McShea, Smithsonian
  9. Brent Mishler, University of California-Berkeley
  10. Craig Moritz, University of California-Berkeley
  11. John Sauer, USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
  12. Val Smith, University of Kansas
  13. Robert Stevenson, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  14. Karen Stocks, University of California-San Diego
  15. Mark Stromberg, Natural Reserve System
  16. Robert Waide, LTER


Convened by:
Dr. Michael F. Allen, UC Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology and
Dr. Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley’s California Biodiversity Center
In Conjunction with The American Institute of Biological Sciences
With Support from The National Science Foundation


Preliminary Agenda

Meeting Objectives

  • Identify the key scientific questions, hypotheses, or issues around which NEON should be organized in order to support research in the biodiversity arena
  • Suggest infrastructure design needs associated with these questions

Tuesday, July 27

8:30 am

Light Refreshments

9:00 Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Welcome (Mike Allen)
  • Group introductions
  • Context for meeting; desired outcomes (Mike Allen)
  • How we are going to get at those issues; review of agenda and ground rules (Facilitator)
9:20 NEON: Where We Are Today
  • Ground covered to date (Jeff Goldman)
  • Kind of input needed now (Mike Allen)
  • Questions & answers
10:00 Criteria That Will Be Used to Prioritize Among Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — To be determined by participants (Facilitated)
10:30 Break
10:45 Small Group Work to Generate Candidate Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — Questions suggested during pre-meeting consultations will be used to stimulate small groups' thinking. (Facilitated — facilitators rove between the small groups)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 Small Group Reports to Plenary; Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and/or Issues10-minute report out from each small group, followed by reflective plenary discussion of themes that emerged. (Facilitated)
2:45 Break
3:00 Selecting Key Questions, Hypotheses, and/or IssuesUsing "n/3" technique, apply previously agreed-upon selection criteria to brainstormed list of possible questions, hypotheses, and/or issues to select items to be recommended as focal points. (Facilitated)
3:15 Closing Comments/Adjourn (Mike Allen)
3:15 Adjourn for the Day


Wednesday, July 28

8:30 am

Light Refreshments Available

9:00 Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Review Agenda for the Day (Facilitated)
  • Reflections from Day 1
9:15 Small Group Work to Generate Suggestions Re: Infrastructure Associated with Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — Each group focuses on infrastructure needs associated with just one of the priority questions / hypotheses / issues identified on Day 1. (Facilitated — facilitators rove between the small groups)
10:45 Break
11:00 Small Group Reports to Plenary — 15-minute report out from 1st 2 small groups, followed by questions and answers. (Facilitated)
12:00 Lunch
1:15 Small Group Reports to Plenary (cont'd) — 15-minute report out from remaining small groups, followed by questions and answers. (Facilitated)
2:15 Plenary Discussion: Infrastructure Needs — Reflective discussion of themes and insights that emerged from small group presentations on infrastructure needs. (Facilitated)
3:15 Break
2:15 Plenary Advice to Report-Writers — Full group will have an opportunity to offer suggestions to the subgroup that will produce the workshop report. Focus will be on identifying key points and themes to highlight in the report. (Facilitated)
4:15 pm Closing Comments (Mike Allen, Chair/Jeff Goldman, AIBS)
4:30 pm Adjourn
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