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Infrastructure for Biology at Regional to Continental Scales is a project of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) that will engage the scientific community in exploring the infrastructure needed to make advances in ecological and other biological disciplines that span regional and continental scales.

A current, special focus of the IBRCS project is the proposed National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), which is a major NSF initiative that would establish a national platform for integrated studies and monitoring of natural processes at all spatial scales, time scales, and levels of biological organization.


November 5, 2004
Rocky Mountain Ecological Observatory meeting, Colorado State University, Colorado

October 18-20, 2004
Regional NEON Congress, North Bonneville, WA

October 15-17, 2004
Great Lakes and Central US Ecological Observatory meeting, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan

September 28-29, 2004
Mid-Atlantic Region Ecological Observatory meeting, National Zoological Park Conservation & Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia

September 16-17, 2004
Workshop: NEON Stable Isotopes Measurement, Training, and Monitoring

September 9-10, 2004
California Ecological Observatory meeting, Riverside, California

August 31-September 2, 2004
Ecology and evolution of infectious disease workshop, Baltimore, MD

August 25-26, 2004
Land use and habitat alteration workshop, Baltimore, MD

August 24-25, 2004
Ecological implications of climate change workshop, Tucson, AZ

July 27-28, 2004
Biodiversity, species composition, and ecosystem functioning workshop, Carmel Valley, CA

July 20-21, 2004
Ecological aspects of biogeochemical cycles workshop, Boulder, CO

July 12-14, 2004
Intermountain Regional Observatory Network organizational meeting

Regional NEON Groups
Fifteen regional NEON communities have self-assembled.
A national map and information about the organizational status, boundaries, and events are accessible in the Regional Index.

September 21, 2004
NEON Design Consortium Announced

July 15, 2004
AIBS hosts a NEON Summer Workshop Series to begin designing NEON's science and infrastructure plans

February 5, 2004
Information is now available about the March 18th NEON workshop entitled, "Designing NEON initiatives for invasive species"

January 27, 2004
NSF releases NEON program solicitation for proposals to develop NEON Coordinating Consortium and Project Office

January 8, 2004
Now available —IBRCS white paper: A Plan for Developing and Governing the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

December 4, 2003
Congress directs NSF to continue refining NEON plan — see discussion in BioScience; Coming Soon — IBRCS White Paper on developing and governing NEON.

November 4, 2003
IBRCS Working Group supports NRC NEON report in open letter to NSF.

September 17, 2003
NRC NEON study released.

July 22, 2003
Reports section updated.

July 16, 2003
House signals support for NEON in subcommittee appropriations bill.

June 30, 2003
Dr. Elizabeth Blood new NSF Program Director for Research Resources responsible for NEON.

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