Ankur Desai, a prominent ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, tweeted, "@Battelle just fired some of its key science staff (inc Wendy Gram) without input, its chief scientist @CollingeS resigned in disgust [sic], the science advisory committee (STEAC) was dissolved, and @NSF_BIO either can't do much about it or doesn't care." Purdue ecologist Jeff Dukes retweeted Desai with the comment, "And it has a 'Groundhog Day' feel to many." "NEON is once again at a crossroads," Scott Collins said.
Members of STEAC jointly prepared and sent letters to Battelle's chief scientist, Michael Kuhlman, who had in January dissolved STEAC and, after the outcry, then had reinstated it.
But Battelle and NSF get along perfectly well without STEAC. It's too late for ecologists to affect NEON or the 170 standardized data products it provides.