Initial Publication Date: December 10, 2019

Learn to integrate NEON data into your undergraduate classroom via Macrosystems EDDIE and other resources

This even occurred on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020


Megan Jones

Research Scientist, Science Educator

Cayelan Carey

Associate Professor
Virginia Tech
Project EDDIE, Macrosystems


EDDIE Webinar 2020_03_04_merged.pptx (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 24.1MB Mar4 20)

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Macrosystems ecology recently emerged as a new sub-discipline of ecology to study how populations, communities, and ecosystems interact at different spatial and temporal scales around the globe. The National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility designed to collect long-term open access ecological data to study how ecosystems across the U.S. are changing, using a macrosystems-level perspective. To better prepare the next generation of ecologists to conduct macrosystems-level ecology, educators across the U.S. are starting to integrate NEON data into their undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Participants in this webinar will learn how to integrate NEON data into their own classrooms, through Macrosystems EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration; teaching modules, other NEON teaching modules, and through independent use of NEON data.

This webinar is part of the NAGT Webinar Series and the full webinar schedule is available.

Webinar Goals

After this webinar, participants will:


  • Know which Macrosystems EDDIE and/or NEON teaching modules could apply to their classes.
  • Describe the breath of NEON data that they may be interested in using for teaching and/or research.
  • Be able to access NEON data through the online data portal web interface, the API, or via the R computing environment (or know where to get the resources to learn how to).
  • Know how they can contribute to development and testing of Macrosystems EDDIE and NEON teaching materials.