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  • Building International Connections

    The International LTER Network is holding its first global open science meeting in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Recognizing the value of this event for building international scientific collaboration, inspiring fresh ideas, and expanding the Network’s reach, NSF provided a supplement to help support attendance of some LTER scientists at this landmark meeting.

  • 40 Year-Old Samples Confirm a Modern Hypothesis

    Hubbard Brook LTER investigator Myron Mitchell talks with Living on Earth's Steve Curwood about how isotope data from Hubbard Brook's 40 year history of streamwater samples helped confirm the hypothesis that the source of precipitation in the northeastern U.S. has been changing as the arctic has been melting.

    http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-09/melting-arctic-blame-snow-and-prec...

  • Coral Reef Resilience: The Importance of Fish Functional Groups

    In 2008, Xueying “Shirley” Han had just started her first field season as a PhD candidate at the Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research Site in French Polynesia when an outbreak of crown-of-thorns seastar (Acanthaster planci) decimated the coral in the fore reef, the seaward slope of the reef where the largest and most diverse corals tend to thrive. In 2010, when Cyclone Oli hit the reef, Han wondered which way the scale would tip: could the coral recover from both these impacts? Or would macroalgae move in and dominate?

  • Rot: The Afterlife of Trees

    Sometimes, it helps to remember that trees are more than nitrogen, carbon, biomass, productivity. For artists participating in the multimedia exhibit "Rot: The Afterlife of Trees" at the Corvallis Arts Center, they are inspiration.

  • Science Policy Forum: Liberating Data (and Samples)

    A phalanx of open-science advocates (including Harvard Forest LTER's Aaaron Elison) recently published a Science Policy Forum full of broad principles and specific proposals on how the scientific community might cultivate a more open, transparent, and collaborative approach to data archiving and sharing. And they didn't give anybody a pass on physical samples either.

  • Integrative Model Supports Biodiversity-Productivity Link

    For nearly half a century, ecologists have struggled to explain the relationship between ecosystem productivity and species richness. In a recent paper in Nature, USGS Ecologist James Grace and colleagues have managed to account for the many variables and confirm the long-suspected connection.

  • ILTER Open Science Meeting: Abstract Deadline March 15

    The International LTER Network is pleased to announce its first global Open Science Meeting to be held from 9-13 October 2016 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Registration will be open to all experts involved in LTER, interested researchers, and stakeholders. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2016.

  • The making of an ice storm

    Ice storms are powerfully disruptive to northeastern forests, but truly understanding their dynamics has proved challenging because they strike with little warning. Hubbard Brook LTER scientists took the matter into their own hands by creating an ice storm of their own making. The experiment, which was covered by NSF360 and Science Now, is allowing them to compare before and after conditions and take measurements on replicate plots, each the size of football fields.

  • Call for Proposals: Synthesis Working Groups

    The LTER Network Communications Office (NCO) announces a call for Synthesis Working Group proposals to promote analysis and synthesis of LTER data. Proposals must be submitted by the end of the day Wednesday, March 23, 2016, with research to begin before October 2016.

  • LTER Network Communications Office Appoints Lead Communications Officer

    In August 2015, UCSB's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the site of the first Network Communications Office (NCO) for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network. Martha "Marty" Downs has been appointed as the Communications Officer of the NCO and brings a background in both ecological research and science communications.

  • GCE donates children’s book to Georgia public libraries

    Book teaches children about importance of salt marshes

    By Jessica Luton (University of Georgia)

    Athens, Ga. - Over 400 Georgia public libraries received donated copies of an educational children's book written by University of Georgia department of marine sciences professor Merryl Alber. "And the Tide Comes In" focuses on teaching children about salt marshes.

  • KBS entomologist Christie Bahlai selected Inaugural Mozilla Fellow for Science

    The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientist Christie Bahlai has been selected as one of the first Mozilla Fellows for Science. The four fellows selected represent a change in the process of scientific research, championing openness, collaboration and mentorship.

  • GCE climate research featured in PBS Newshour story on ocean expansion

    The PBS Newshour program is currently featuring a story about some of the climate research being conducted by the Georgia Coastal Ecosystem (GCE) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. The story is part of a series, The Wild Side of Sea Level Rise, which explores the basic research behind ocean expansion and its impacts on coastal ecology.

  • LTER holds another successful All Scientists Meeting

    From all comments received by the Network Office, the 2015 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) All Scientists Meeting (ASM) in Estes Park, Colorado, was a complete success!

  • NCEAS selected as first LTER national communications office

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) as the site for the first national Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network communications office (NCO).

  • SBC LTER researchers respond in force to the Refugio oil spill

    Traveling west along the Gaviota coast on the afternoon of May 19, 2015, Santa Barbara Coastal (SBC) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientists Mark Page and Jenny Dugan and graduate student Nicholas Schooler first noticed a very strong smell of oil starting about a mile east of Refugio State Beach. They decided to park along the highway to take a closer look. They knew what the smell meant; the local news had reported an oil spill from a broken pipeline a few hours earlier.

  • NSF highlights LTER projects to be featured at ESA

    The ecology of cities across the U.S., spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola, worldwide forests under siege, and how life thrives in Earth's critical zone are among the topics featured at the 2015 meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), held Aug. 9-14, 2015 in Baltimore, Md.

    Other subjects to be addressed include the role of long-term ecological research, Earth's coupled natural and human systems, and primary productivity--the base of the food web--across ecosystems.

  • LTER at ESA 2015

    The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will have a strong presence at the centennial meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Baltimore, Maryland, from August 8 to 14, 2015.

    A schedule of LTER-related presentations and events will be posted at the meeting. Browse the draft schedule and email any additions to hart3@fas.harvard.edu.

  • Important ASM deadlines approaching

    Preparations for the 2015 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) All Scientists Meeting (ASM) from August 30 through September 2 are at an advanced stage and several deadlines are approaching. The meeting promises to be an interesting and important meeting for everyone associated with the LTER Program.

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  • Read the latest LTER Network News, Summer 2015, Vol. 28 No. 2

    The summer edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) newsletter, Network News Summer 2015, Vol 28. No. 2, is now available online. This volume is packed full of interesting new developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, scientific meetings, international LTER news, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

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