Organizing Commitee

3087078Rodrigo Vargas
Assistant Professor. Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware.
He spent over two years working as an Assistant Research Professor at CICESE, a top national research center in Ensenada, Mexico. He completed his PhD at the University of California-Riverside and a postdoc a the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests focus on how biophysical factors regulate carbon and water dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. He studies soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to understand and quantify the response of terrestrial ecosystems to management, extreme events (e.g., hurricanes), and global change. His research spans from soil ecology to micrometeorological measurements of water and carbon fluxes at multiple spatio-temporal scales and vegetation types.


Hank Loescher
Program Developer, International Initiatives
EXECUTIVE OFFICE, National Ecological Observatory Network
Prior to his time at NEON, Hank was formerly a research associate in the Department of Forest Science at Oregon State University, where he managed the network-level QA/QC lab for tower-based systems in the DOE-AmeriFlux network. Dr. Loescher attended the NEON technical evaluation meeting in Boulder as a Science Advisor. He earned his BA in Environmental Science from the State University of Vermont, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Florida. His research interests include determining the biotic and abiotic controls on ecosystem-level carbon and energy balance across spatial and temporal scales. Dr. Loescher has served as a panelist on the NSF Conceptual Design Review of NEON, a member of the Technical Review Committee, and as Chair of the Tower Systems Tiger Team.

1633168 A.J. (Han) Dolman
Professor of Ecohydrology and current head of the Department of Earth Sciences. His research interests are the interaction of the terrestrial biosphere with the carbon and hydrological cycle and the atmosphere. His work is a combination of modeling and experimental work. He is involved in FLUXNET eddy covariance observations  of CO2 and methane in the Netherlands and the Far East Siberia. He is further interested in the application of inverse modeling techniques to regional carbon balances and the application of simple models to study fragility, resilience and feedbacks. He was awarded the Vernadsky medal of the EGU in 2013

5952435Brian Wee
As NEON, Inc.’s Director of Strategic Alliances, Brian serves the organization’s liaison to Congress, US Federal agencies, and other scientific organizations. He also represents the informatics needs of the large-scale environmental sciences before the computer science and Federal data community. Brian joined the NEON Project Office at the American Institute of Biological Sciences in 2004 as a post-doctoral associate, then became a staff scientist before transitioning to the role of Administrative Director. Previously he worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) designing and implementing IT solutions and then served as Senior Instructional Designer leading instructional design, knowledge management, business-process redesign, and web development projects. Brian holds a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a B.Sc. in Information Systems and Computer Science from the National University of Singapore. His M.Sc. studies focused on designing and implementing computer augmented learning solutions for high-school classrooms and corporate training at the Institute for the Learning Sciences. His Ph.D. focused on investigating the relative effects of behavioral, physiological and landscape barriers on the genetic structure of insect populations by integrating genetic, behavioral, and GIS analyses.


Aline Jaimes

Aline is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. She is funded through the NASA Carbon Monitoring System Program. Aline received her BA in Biology from Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa Mexico, her MS from Northwest Center of Biological Research in La Paz, BCS Mexico, where she studied physical-biological oceanography.  She obtained her PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she worked as research assistant at the Systems Ecology Lab (SEL). Her dissertation focused on understanding and scaling patterns and controls of land-atmosphere carbon, water and energy exchange in shrublands undergoing desertification processes using novel cyberinfrastructure. Her research station was based in the LTER Jornada Experimental Range. During her graduated studies Aline received support from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) and UTEP CyberSHARE Center of Excellence which main focus was to advance the utility of cyberinfrastructure in environmental science.  She served as Student Representative of the Earth and Space Science Informatics focus group at the American Geophysical Union. Also participated as fellow of the 1st Cohort of the Global Ecological Observatory Network fellowship Program. Her research interests focus on biosphere-atmosphere interactions in ecosystems undergoing environmental change. She is also interested in transdiciplinary research and the use of earth science and technology to improve decision support.

5716305Jianwu (Jim) Tang
Assistant Scientist, The Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory