University of Kansas Field Station

NEON--National Ecological Observatory Network

Date June 2009 - present
Contact Edward A. Martinko
National Science Foundation, EPSCoR
Location Nationwide


The KU Field Station is slated to play a role in the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). The National Science Foundation created NEON to establish a network for collecting ecological and climatic observations across the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Data obtained by NEON focus on how land use, climate, and invasive species affect biodiversity, disease ecology, and ecosystem services. Twenty core (eco-climatic) NEON sites were selected; the "Prairie Peninsula" site is based at the Konza Prairie (Kansas State University). The KU Field Station serves as a satellite site to Konza and will host a tower equipped with a comprehensive suite of sensors to monitor environmental variables within a forested setting. Data will be available to scientists, students, decision makers, and the public. Learn more about NEON at


Edward A. Martinko

Sharon Billings