May 14, 2019
Carlos A. Iudica, associate professor of biology and ecology at Susquehanna University, has been named to the National Ecological Observatory Network’s Small Mammal Technical Working Group, a group of 10 science and education experts who provide input regarding small mammal abundance, diversity and pathogen sampling nationwide.
Iudica is an ecologist who focuses on evolution, systematics and ecology of mammals, with a current special emphasis on bats, marsupials, carnivores and rodents of Pennsylvania. Iudica and his students study the natural history of current and extinct vertebrates in central Pennsylvania.
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, collects data that characterizes and quantifies changing ecological processes across the United States.
NEON relies on input from more than 20 Technical Working Groups (TWGs), composed of science, education and engineering experts to collect and process data that characterizes plant, animals, soil, nutrients, freshwater and atmosphere from field sites across the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico) over a 30-year time frame.
NEON’s open-access data enables scientists, educators, planners, decision-makers and the public to map, understand and predict the effects of human activities on ecology and effectively address critical ecological questions and issues.