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Thursday, September 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Envisioning Biocollections for Long-Term Ecological Networks

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This workshop will focus on envisioning a future for biocollections designed to facilitate coordinated monitoring and forecasting efforts associated with long-term ecological networks, including collaboration between the LTER Network and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). We will briefly present on the current operations of the NEON Biorepository at Arizona State University including: (1) NEON organismal and environmental sampling methods; (2) the history, holdings, and services of the NEON Biorepository; and (3) how the NEON Biorepository facilitates access to existing NEON samples and archival of new samples. We will stress the breadth and depth of collections management and informatics expertise and the service culture needed to make such repositories successful. This will provide background for discussing lessons learned for centralized ecology-focused biocollections and potential NEON-LTER synergies to preserve records of ecological change for future research.

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Yule

Kelsey Yule

NEON Biorepository Project Manager, Arizona State University
I am the Project Manager for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Biorepository at Arizona State University. Ask me about access to the over 100,000 samples and specimens collected by NEON each year and their associated data! I also have expertise related to designing... Read More →
avatar for Nico Franz

Nico Franz

Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology and Biocollections Director, Arizona State University
I am an evolutionary biologist and insect systematist who specializes in the megadiverse plant-feeding lineage of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea), estimated to include 220,000 species globally. My research program also focuses on developing innovative biocollections infrastructure... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2022 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
08. Scripps Meeting Room