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NEON Workshop: Ecological aspects of biogeochemical cycles

July 20-21, 2004

Millenium Hotel, Boulder, Colorado
1345 Twenty-Eighth Street,
Boulder, CO, 80302-6899
303-443 3850

Workshop participants

  1. Jill Baron, Colorado State University
  2. Jayne Belnap, USGS
  3. John Blair, Kansas State University
  4. Dave Bowling, University of Utah
  5. Evan Delucia University of Illinois
  6. Dave Evans, Washington State University
  7. Kevin Griffin, Columbia University
  8. Julian Hadley, Harvard University
  9. Lars Hedin , Princeton University
  10. John Hobbie, Marine Biological Laboratory
  11. Dave Hollinger, USDA Forest Service
  12. Rob Jackson, Duke University
  13. Carol Kendall, US Geological Survey
  14. Yiqi Luo, University of Oklahoma
  15. Russ Monson, University of Colorado
  16. Knute Nadelhoffer, University of Michigan
  17. Elise Pendall, University of Wyoming
  18. Stan Smith, University of Nevada
  19. Margaret Torn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  20. Alan Townsend, University of Colorado

 

Convened by:
Russell Monson, University of Colorado, Boulder
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 biogeochemistry
  • Suggest infrastructure design needs associated with these questions

Tuesday, July 20

8:30 am

Light Breakfast Available
Served Continental style; optional attendance.
 

9:00 Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Welcome (Monson)
  • Group introductions
  • Context for meeting; desired outcomes (Monson)
  • How we are going to get at those issues; review of agenda and ground rules (Facilitator)
 
9:30 NEON: Where We Are Today
  • Ground covered to date (Goldman)
  • Questions & answers
 
10:30 Break
 
10:45 Criteria That Will Be Used to Prioritize Among Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — To be determined by participants (Facilitated)
 
11:15 Small Group Work to Generate Candidate Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — 4 groups of 5; questions suggested during pre-meeting consultations will be used to stimulate small groups' thinking. (Facilitated — 2 facilitators rove between the 4 groups)
 
12:45 pm Lunch
 
1:45 Small Group Reports to Plenary; Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and/or Issues10-minute report out from each of 4 small groups, followed by reflective plenary discussion of themes that emerged. (Facilitated)
 
3:15 Break
 
3:15 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/Plan for Next Day (Monson)
 
3:15 Adjourn for the Day
 

 

Wednesday, July 21

8:30 am

Light Breakfast Available
Served Continental style; optional attendance.
 

9:00 Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Review Agenda for the Day (Monson)
  • Reflections from Day 1
 
9:15 Small Group Work to Generate Suggestions Re: Infrastructure Associated with Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — 4 groups of 5; each group focuses on infrastructure needs associated with just one of the priority questions / hypotheses / issues identified on Day 1. (Facilitated — 2 facilitators rove between the 4 groups)
 
10:45 Break
 
11:00 Small Group Reports to Plenary — 15-minute report out from 1st 2 of the 4 small groups, followed by questions and answers. (Facilitated)
 
12:00 Group Photo
 
12:15 Lunch
 
1:15 Small Group Reports to Plenary (cont'd) — 15-minute report out from remaining 2 of the 4 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
 
3:30 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 (Monson/AIBS)
 
4:30 pm Adjourn
 
 
 
 
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