Welcome to the National Ecological Observatory Network

NEON is a continental-scale observatory that measures the causes and effects of climate change, land use change and invasive species on U.S. ecosystems. We provide freely available data, educational resources and scientific infrastructure for research.

  • Laura was the NEON project’s first official engineer. She earned her electrical engineering degree from Colorado State University and worked for a Loveland, Colo. water analysis company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to the National Science Foundation-funded National Radio Astronomy Observatory as a subsystem engineer. Laura joined NEON in late 2008, just in time to help stand up the first prototype site at Table Mountain. Within a year of joining NEON, she was building the entire calibration, validation and audit laboratory from the ground up. She was recently promoted to Director of Engineering, where she oversees the designs and development of all of the infrastructure and sensor assemblies that go out to the domain sites, as well as the Cal/Val Lab.

  • Shelley Petroy has never been in outer space – but she’s always liked the view from there. Despite her fascination with space, Petroy has most often trained her gaze on Earth. Petroy studied...

  • John Musinsky knows what good data can do for the world. In fact, he’s built his career on converting scientific information into a call to action. In his two decades at the biodiversity...

Explore NEON Resources

Our three-part series from 2012 about the status and future of Big Data in ecological and environmental science.

An interactive timeline of NEON events and documents

This collection of documents and photos tell the story of NEON's evolution from idea to design to built reality.