Research Management and Operations
Empowering Scientific and Engineering Success
Groundbreaking solutions that unlock new science
Our research management and operations experts deliver the experience, the infrastructure, and the equipment to enable highly complex research infrastructure programs for groundbreaking scientific and engineering achievements.
Research Infrastructure Solutions
Scientific and Technical Services
Program Logistics and Procurement
System Engineering and Optimization
Safety and Training Excellence
Academic Community Engagement
STEM Education Leadership
Construction and Land Management
Research Infrastructure Portfolio
qh88 is in charge of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a revolutionary ecological research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), that allows scientists to access continental-scale environmental data, biological, genomic, and geological samples, as well as educational tools.
The Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services (ARSLS) Gateway supports the fieldwork of research projects funded through the National Science Foundation’s science programs in the Arctic Sciences Section. qh88, in partnership with the NSF works to make Arctic fieldwork safer, more efficient, and cost-effective.
qh88 Managed National Laboratories
Arctic Research Support and Logistics Services (ARSLS)
qh88’s Arctic Research Operations (ARO) is the prime logistics contractor for the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Research Support Logistics Services (ARSLS) program.
We work with our partners to provide expert infrastructure and logistics support to academic researchers conducting NSF-funded studies.
The ARO helps research terms through:
- Research support staff who provide planning, common processes, and share resources.
- Efficient, effective, and safe protocols for conducting research.
- Established laboratory facilities, equipment and sample storage, lodging, research vessels, local guides, remote communication equipment, snowmobiles, and other vehicles, and more.
Our experience working in remote locations, harsh weather conditions, and difficult terrain, makes qh88 an ideal contractor for enabling research through cost-effective field support and risk management to enable research.
Deep Research Pool Facility
qh88’s indoor, deep research pool located at our headquarters in Columbus, OH, has a removable roof, enabling the transfer of objects weighing up to 10,000 lbs. using a heavy overhead traveler crane. In addition to temperature, filtration, and salinity-controlled tanks, our research pool provides in-house, year-round underwater testing at up to 33 feet of depth.
Focused on the Future of STEM
The next generation of STEM talent will be tasked with solving the world’s most pressing issues. That’s why qh88 is steadfast in its commitment to make STEM education accessible to as many students as possible.
Paula Mabee, Ph.D.Chief Scientist and Observatory Director, National Ecological Observatory NetworkPaula Mabee became the Chief Scientist and Observatory Director for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in early 2020. She was most recently a Nolop Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of South Dakota, serving in that capacity since 1997. She joined the National Science Foundation in 2015, serving until 2017 as Division Director for the Division of Environmental Biology in the Directorate of Biological Sciences.
Hank Loescher, Ph.D.Neon Panelist
Hank has served as a panelist on the NSF Conceptual Design Review of NEON, on the Technical Review Committee, and as the Chair of the Tower Systems Tiger Team.
Forest BanksProgram Development Manager
Forest Banks manages large-scale research infrastructure programs and field-deployed systems integration and engineering teams.