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MONet Community Science Meeting
November 7 - 8, 2023

MONet Community Science Meeting

November 7–8, 2023 

Join EMSL for two days of immersive lectures, tutorials, and hands-on training (for those who attend in-person) about methods and data types collected through the Molecular Observation Network (MONet) and how to analyze the data.

You will also learn about plans for MONet proposal calls in FY24 and help us plan focused community research campaigns for FY24.

The meeting is free to attend. 

Register to attend online

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST
EMSL 1075 and 1077, and Zoom

Session 1: MONet Open Science Network: Enabling Soil Biogeochemistry Research at Continental Scale 

Participants will receive information on instrumentation and the principles for collecting X-ray computed tomography (XCT) and organic matter molecular scale data from soils (strength and limitations)

8:00 a.m. | Instructions & introduction to MONet

8:05 a.m. | What is MONet and how can you use it in your research 

  • John Bargar | Environmental Transformations and Interactions Science Area Leader | EMSL 

8:20 a.m. | Introduction to MONet data types

8:35 a.m. | Update on MONet data model & access gateway

8:50 a.m. | Session 1 | Speaker #1 

  • “Introduction to X-ray CT imaging"
    Tamas Varga |Materials Scientist |EMSL 

9:20 a.m. | Session 1 | Speaker #2

  • "Imaging soil structure to measure soil functions and soil health with X-ray computed micro-tomography"
    Alexandra Kravchenko | Professor| Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University

9:50 a.m. Networking break

10 a.m. | Session 1 | Speaker #3

  • "Introduction to natural organic matter characterization with ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry"
    Will Kew |Chemist| EMSL

10:30 a.m. | Session 1 | Speaker #4 

  • "Integrating metabolomic approaches to study ecosystem response to climate change"
    Malak Tfaily | Ecosystem Scientist and Joint Appointee | EMSL and the University of Arizona

11 a.m. | Session 1 | Speaker #5

  • "Digging deeper with MONet: correlating soil respiration with OM molecular structure across continental US"
    Emily Graham | Biogeochemical Transformations Integrated Research Platform Leader | EMSL

Session 2: Upcoming MONet Proposal Calls 

Participants will be introduced to upcoming user proposal calls and will gain insights into proposal call plans.

11:30 a.m. | Plans for MONet user proposal call in 2024

11:45 a.m. | How to submit to upcoming MONet calls

12:00 p.m. | Working Lunch: Roundtable on community science campaigns

Session 3: MONet Data Tutorial

Participants will gain familiarity with project data collection and processing, covering soil physical properties, organic matter molecular structure, and biogeochemical data. Additionally, they will be introduced to the user-friendly interactive Shiny App for visualizing the data. A question-and-answer period will be available at the end of the session. 

1 p.m. | Tutorial 1: Exploring soil biogeochemistry & respiration data by using MONet shiny app

  • Qian Zhao | Earth Scientist | EMSL
  • Kaizad Patel | Earth Scientist | PNNL 
  • Layton Washburn | Tech Student | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

2 p.m. | Tutorial 2: XCT raw data processing and analysis for comprehensive insights

3 p.m. | Tutorial 3: Mastering organic matter molecular structure analysis through Fourier-transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR)/Mass Spectrometry data processing.

  • Will Kew |Chemist| EMSL
  • Cheng Shi | DGEP fellow/PhD student | Oregon State University
  • Nicole DiDonato | Chemist | EMSL

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 

10 A.M. to 3 p.m. PST
EMSL (on-site only)

Session 4: Hands-on Learning

Participants will attend breakout room sessions to learn how to navigate the MONet database, retrieve raw or processed data, analyze molecular data on organic matter, utilize specialized software tools, and collaborate with EMSL data team mentors. 

The three breakout rooms will have three hour-long sessions available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Room 1 | XCT data
EMSL 1075

Breakout Room 2 | FTICR/MS: From raw to processed data  
EMSL 1077

  • Will Kew |Chemist| EMSL
  • Cheng Shi | DGEP fellow/PhD student | Oregon State University
  • Nicole Didonato | Chemist | EMSL

Breakout Room 3 | Soil biogeochemistry and respiration: From raw to processed data
EMSL 1079

  • Qian Zhao | Earth Scientist | EMSL
  • Kaizad Patel | Earth Scientist | PNNL 
  • Andrew Townsend | Post Masters Research Associate | EMSL

1 p.m. |  Working Lunch: Plans for follow up working groups

2 p.m. |  Walking tour of EMSL labs

Cheng Shi

Distinguished Graduate Research Program Fellow and PhD student
MONet Team