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.

  • 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 traditional and planetary geology with the goal of translating her knowledge of Earth’s surface to the study of other rocky planets and planetoids. Most recently, Petroy spent twelve years at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation working with scientists and engineers to shepherd competitive proposals for Earth science remote sensing instruments through design and construction. She joined NEON in its construction phase as a Senior Scientist on the Data Products team, where she’s working to help NEON scientists and the larger science community translate their scientific vision for NEON into usable blueprints for NEON engineers and Data Products scientists.

  • 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...

  • 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.