Category Archives: Research

Poles and panels

You may have seen some hardware equipment poking out from the bottoms of some of the PhenoCam images — poles and panels. Why are they there? And what are they for? Early in the days of the PhenoCam network, we … Continue reading

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Warmer temperatures allow plants to stay green longer in autumn

In September, I wrote a blog post about our research at the SPRUCE site in Minnesota, where a Department of Energy project is trying to answer the question: What effects will warmer temperatures and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide have on … Continue reading

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Science of phenology (video)

Collaborators at NEON have put together a five-minute video about measuring phenology for science. Check out the how and why of we study phenolgy:

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Jungle Rhythms: find the rhythm of tropical trees

This week I launched a new Zooniverse project, Jungle Rhythms, that aims to digitize thousands of pages of detailed historical observations of the life cycle of trees in Africa. Belgian scientists were stationed at the Yangambi Research Station in what … Continue reading

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Schoolyard Ecology

You may have noticed that some of the Season Spotter images overlook parking lots. We are interested in the trees beyond the parking lots, of course. But how did these locations get chosen? Well, these cameras are all on schools. … Continue reading

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Croplands affect climate

This guest post is contributed by Josh Gray, Earth & Environment Research Assistant Professor at Boston University. Natural ecosystems are the subject of the bulk of phenological research. This makes sense because we are interested in understanding the natural cues … Continue reading

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Modeling grassland growth

The phenology of deciduous forests is similar year to year. In it’s simplest form, modeling the influence of climate on phenology can therefore be modeled as discrete events, such as leave emergence in the spring. However, the appearance of leaves … Continue reading

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