TEAM Network Publication on Cover of BioScience July, 2012 Issue

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July 19, 2012

A publication, co-authored by Eric Fegraus, Sandy Andelman and our colleagues at UCSD, made the cover of the BioScience July issue. The article titled “Cyberinfrastructure for Observatory and Monitoring Networks: A Case Study from the TEAM Network” highlights our work building a cyberinfrastructure to support the operational and scientific needs of the TEAM Network. We provide valuable lessons from our experience building the TEAM Network cyberinfrastructure and suggest future improvements that have broad applicability for other observatory and monitoring networks.

BioScience describes the cover as follows:

"The cover image collage includes photographs from the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network's terrestrial-vertebrate protocol, which deploys camera traps to monitor the terrestrial-mammal and bird wildlife community in tropical forests. These animals are the most vulnerable to human impacts (e.g., habitat loss and poaching), and they play a vital role in maintaining various ecosystem functions in tropical ecosystems. The TEAM Network terrestrial-vertebrate protocol measures the vital signs of tropical forest vertebrates with a rapidly growing archive of more than 700,000 images.

In the article that begins on p. 667, Chaitan Baru and his colleagues discuss the cyberinfrastructure required by monitoring and observing networks to address the rapidly growing volumes of environmental science data. The pictured animals and locations include the African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania; the South America tapir (Tapirus terrestris) and the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) from Manaus, Brazil; the gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) and the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) from Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo; the white hawk (Leucopternis albicollis) and the grey-winged trupeter (Psophia crepitans) from Yasuni, Ecuador; the pigtail macaque (Macaca nemestrina) from Bukit Barisan Selatan, Indonesia; and the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) from Volcan Barva, Costa Rica. Photographs: Courtesy of the TEAM Network."

Eric Fegraus blogged about the BioScience article in Finding Meaning in a Deluge of Data.

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