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NEON Names Paula Mabee Chief Scientist

Paula Mabee, the Nolop Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota, has been selected as the Chief Scientist and Observatory Director of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).

“I’m thrilled to be joining NEON,” Mabee said. “It’s an exciting time for the program with new and more ecological data being generated every day now that the observatory is fully

operational. The complex environmental challenges of our time require exactly the type of data that NEON is producing and the convergent scientific approaches that the broader science and engineering community brings.”

During her distinguished career Mabee has authored more than 60 research publications, received 12 NSF and NIH research grant awards totaling close to $7 million, and held numerous editorial and advisory board positions. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2004 for her fundamental studies in evolutionary and developmental biology. She is a frequent reviewer of proposals and manuscripts and a sought-after speaker for national and international conferences and events. Mabee begins her new position on February 3, 2020 after completing her current responsibilities at the University of South Dakota.

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