Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Putting a NEON Light on Ecosystems

New sensor technology and IT may transform our understanding of ecosystems.  Big Science is coming to ecology, which was once the domain of individual naturalists.  The Economist reports on NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network: Ground has already been broken at three sites—in Colorado, Florida and Massachusetts. Eventually, 60 places across the country will be …


Why futures markets won’t save species

Conflict, or perceived conflict, between profits and conservation drives much of the controversy over implementation of the Endangered Species Act. Landowners and resource users resist species listing and protection because it comes at their expense. For years we’ve been talking about whether and to what extent to incorporate compensation or other economic incentives for conservation …