Schwartz and Donnelly Receive Major NSF Grant to Improve/Diversify Phenological Models and Implement New Spring Season Forecasts

Mark D. Schwartz and Alison Donnelly (along with collaborators from Cornell University and the University of Arizona), received a three-year National Science Foundation grant award of $982,043 ($532,202 to UWM), entitled “Quantifying phenological coherence and seasonal predictability across NEON and USA-NPN monitoring sites”, which will start in January 2021. The project will develop more accurate and diverse models of spring plant growth stages, which will help better understand the impacts of future environmental change. Further, the project will implement national-scale, long-lead forecasts for new measures representing the spring season, which will be relevant for annual agricultural, horticultural, and forestry management planning.