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Dendrometer bands:  An extensive dendrometer band protocol has been instituted at SERC, SCBI, and HF. Wabikon and IUFDP will soon follow. This program offers a critical step towards integrating classic CTFS-SIGEO plot data with larger-scale models of forest demography and carbon movement.

Seeds: In conjunction with an NSF Macrosystems grant, seed traps are being deployed at SERC, and re-deployed at SCBI. Seed fall data will be integrated with seedling plots and incorporated with regional-scale models of forest demography through collaborators at Duke University and elsewhere.
Seedlings:  Seedling monitoring has occurred at SERC, SCBI and Wabikon. These data will be used for demographic models of total forest development and dynamics.
Functional Traits: At SERC, an intensive program of monitoring leaf functional traits has been implemented. This program compliments past work by Geoffrey Parker, the SERC plot PI, and advances trait-based science in temperate forests.   Given the extensive trait work that Smithsonian scientist Joe Wright has led in BCI Panama and elsewhere, the temperate trait program will offer data to compare trait-based ecology in temperate and tropical forests.
Dead wood: An extensive survey of dead wood (identification, location, and decay rate) is being conducted at Zofin (Czech Republic), SERC, SCBI and HF in conjunction with Czech colleagues Tomas Vrska and Kamil Kral
Remote sensing: Extensive remote sensing data, both top-down airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral imaging, as well as ground-up LiDAR is ready to be synthesized across sites. NEON will add new airborne remote sensing data. It is imperative that we step in front of this data dump and have testable hypotheses ready for papers.
Invasive species: SERC, SCBI, and HF have important research programs that examine the influence of invasive plants, pests, and pathogens on forest biodiversity, demography, and function. Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire UK is the site of a study of Ash dieback due to an invasive fungal pathogen.
Land-use history: Most sites in the TNP have both substantial histories of land-use and previous studies of the importance of that land-use. WLFDP, SERC, and HF boast significant research in this area. 
DNA barcoding: These plots are actively contributing to the DNA barcode program through the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). WLFDP, SERC, and SCBI are among plots that have voucher specimens and plant material submitted to or analyzed by this SI-sponsored effort.