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NEON Land Use and Habitat Alteration Workshop

August 25-26, 2004

Belmont Conference Center
6555 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075
(410) 796-4300

Workshop participants

  1. Steve Archer, University of Arizona
  2. Paul Bolstad, University of Minnesota
  3. Jiquan Chen, University of Toledo
  4. Virginia Dale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  5. Keith Eshleman, University of Maryland Center For Environmental Science
  6. Bob Gardner, University of Maryland Center For Environmental Science
  7. Scott Goetz, The Woods Hole Research Center
  8. Eric Gustafson, US Forest Service
  9. Andy Hansen, Montana State University
  10. Steve Harper, University of Georgia
  11. Loretta Johnson, Kansas State University
  12. Bruce Jones, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  13. Sujay Kaushal, Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  14. Todd Lookingbill, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  15. Tom Loveland, U.S. Geological Survey
  16. Glenn Motzkin, Harvard University
  17. Phil Townsend, University of Maryland Center For Environmental Science
  18. Dean Urban, Duke University
  19. Jim Wickham, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  20. John Wiens, The Nature Conservancy

 

Convened by:
Robert H. Gardner, University of Maryland, and Virginia H. Dale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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 land use and habitat alteration arena
  • Suggest infrastructure design needs associated with these questions

Tuesday, August 24

7:30 pm

Informal Welcome Dinner  

 

Wednesday, August 25

8:30 am

Light Refreshments Available
 

9:00 Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Welcome (Bob Gardner)
  • Group introductions
  • Context for meeting; desired outcomes (Bob Gardner)
  • 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 (AIBS)
  • Kind of input needed now (Bob Gardner)
  • 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)
 
4:45 Closing Comments/Adjourn (Bob Gardner)
 

 

Thursday, August 26

8:30 am

Light Breakfast Available
Served Continental style; optional attendance.
 

9:00 Opening Remarks
  • 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 two small groups, followed by questions and answers. (Facilitated)
 
12:00 pm 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
 
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 Closing Comments (Bob Gardner, Jeff Goldman)
 
4:30 pm Adjourn
 
 
 
 
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