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The inaugural NEON Data Education Fellows FMN in spring 2018 had eleven active participants with two co-facilitators. The faculty participants all adapted existing NEON educational resources or created new educational resources using NEON data. Most faculty were able to implement their modules during the semester, with some faculty preparing materials for summer semester implementation.  

Spring 2018 faculty members who attended the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting presented on their FMN products.  You can view their e-posters: Megan Jones (FMN overview), Adriane Jones (Disturbance Events), Christopher Gough (Carbon Cycling), Kusum Naithani (Spatial Patterns).


Natural disasters and subsequent ecological disturbance events illustrate the complexity of problems in ecology and environmental science, and can be used as effective teaching tools. Unpacking the diverse real-world factors leading up to events offers op
data in the classroom, data interpretation, Temperature Change, precipitation, Palmer Drought Severity Index, Ecological Disturbance, disturbance ecology, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour, More than 1 hour
This resource uses an app hosted on QUBES to visualize similarities and differences in Quercus phenology at three NEON sites in California, Florida, and Massachusetts.
ecology, phenology, introductory, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour

Environmental Drivers of Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes from Minutes to Years

Christopher Gough, Cindee Giffen, Thomas W Woodward

Version: 1.0

Students build on fundamental concepts of ecosystem production and carbon cycling, combining this knowledge with open long-term data from ecological and meteorological networks to uncover the environmental drivers of carbon fluxes.
climate change, carbon, Plant Ecology, Biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, productivity, net ecosystem production, gross primary production, ecosystem respiration, carbon fluxes, introductory, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, More than 1 hour, Extended Project
This adaptation introduces students to R and the NEON OS & IS data – Plant Phenology & Temperature tutorial. A planned extension will prompt students to develop a testable hypothesis, based on their tutorial insights, that could be investigated locally.
data in the classroom, tool:rstudio, phenology, data management, NEON, temperature, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Faculty, Homework, Advanced, Extended Project

CyVerse Tutorials for NEON Data Science Institute 2018

Tyson Lee Swetnam, Megan A. Jones

Version: 1.0

Resource for conducting data intensive research on CyVerse
Tutorial, Reference material, Abstract, Workshop material
This adaptation consists of three exercises that introduce students to 1) format spreadsheet data tables, 2) carry out spreadsheet quality control, and 3) count/sort/filter data of interest in order to conduct a pilot analysis on NEON small mammal data.
data management, spreadsheets, mammals, Capture mark-recapture, Teaching material, High School, Undergraduate


The Spring 2018 NEON Data Education Fellows FMN was January 15th to June 4th 2018. 

Jan 17 (W)/Jan 22 (M): Welcome to the FMN & Introduction to NEON Resources 

Jan 29 (M)/ 31 (W): Exploring NEON Data Portal & Data Products

Task for Feb 12th week: We will initially meet as a large group then split into virtual meeting rooms where those individuals (2-4) working on similar lessons can hold more directed discussions and receive feedback on their initial outlines/drafts. Megan and Kristine will move between the small groups. In order to be prepared for these discussions, please upload an initial outline or draft of your teaching module by 12 February 12pm EST (Monday Group)/ 14 February 8am EST (Wednesday Group). If your materials are already publicly available in another format, please add a gDoc to the above folder that provides a URL to your materials.

Feb 12 (M)/ 14 (W): Paired discussion sessions

Task for Feb 26th week: Please read the two papers in the collection here (Group Member only access) for the discussion on Feb 26/28th.  In addition, you can post in the forum any other papers that you've found useful. 
For the discussion, please be ready to discuss the following questions: 

  1. What stuck out about these papers to you? 
  2. Where there methods in either paper that have worked/not worked when you've implemented them in your classroom? 
  3. What other strategies have you found that work well?  
  4. What strategies will you implement as part of your teaching module this spring?
  5. What concerns/questions do you have about working with data in your classroom? 

Feb. 26 (M)/ 28 (W): Successes using Data in the Classroom Article Discussion & Round Table

Task for March 12th week: Update your module outline as needed or bring a list of questions/concerns you have with your module. 

March 12 (M)/ 14 (W): Publication of Datasets/Teaching Materials & Paired Work Sessions

Tasks for March 26th week: Read the articles in the Assessment collection (Group Member only access) and be ready to discuss in the next meeting. If you have specific assessment questions you are struggling with send them to Kristine and Megan prior to Wednesday 21 March so that they can gather information on them.    

March 26 (M)/ 28 (W): Assessment in the Biology Classroom

April 9 (M)/ 11 (W): Sharing Week 1


April 23 (M)/ 25 (W): Sharing Week 2

May 7 (M)/ 9 (W): Sharing Week 3

May 21 (M)/ 23 (W): Publication of Our Modules & Where to go from here

June 4: No meeting - Final Materials Due (Posted as QUBES Resource)