• When science meets policy: a grad student’s experience on the Hill

    From the KBS LTER - Every year the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) hold a Congressional Visits Day (CVD) in Washington, D.C. during appropriations season. The goal is to have a strong presence of faculty, students, and crop advisors advocating for agricultural and natural resources research on Capitol Hill.

  • NSF Discovery article on LTER: How much fertilizer is too much for Earth's climate?

    Helping farmers around the globe to apply more precise amounts of fertilizer nitrogen can combat climate change, according to a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • CCE's Ohman and colleague explain the El Nino effect in NSF Discovery article

    To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, the National Science Foundation (NSF) interviewed biological oceanographer Mark Ohman and physical oceanographer Dan Rudnick of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography about the El Niño effect. But is El Niño really on the horizon? Ohman is PI of the California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, which is investigating the California Current coastal pelagic ecosystem, with particular attention to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Niño in altering the structure and dynamics of the pelagic ecosystem.

  • NSF Discovery article on LTER work peers into the future

    As we celebrate Earth Day 2014, a new article in a series on the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network highlights LTER research that seeks to understand what our world will look like in the foreseeable future. "Earth Day in the Future: What Will It Be Like? is part thirteen in the Discovery Series, and includes a photo slideshow of important LTER research that's investigating future scenarios of global change.

  • Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible

    Benefits to water and soil quality plus climate stabilization achieved with good crop yields

  • Just Published: LTER Network News, Spring 2014

    The latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Spring 2014, Vol. 27 No. 1 (see has just been published. The issue covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

  • Annual LTER Mini-Symposium at NSF

    The annual LTER Mini-Symposium was held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. The annual mini-symposium is a forum where LTER scientists share with colleagues from federal and non-government agencies, professional societies, and private organizations in Washington, D.C., the vision, relevance, and broader impacts of the scientific research undertaken by the Network.

  • LTER sites part of new regional climate hubs

    The USDA recently announced the formation of regional climate hubs at seven locations across the United States in an initiative aimed at helping farmers, ranchers and rural communities cope with the effects of climate change. Three of these hubs are associated with Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network sites—the Jornada LTER in southern New Mexico, the HJ Andrews LTER in Oregon, and the Luquillo LTER in Puerto Rico. Other hubs are located in Michigan, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

  • KBS researchers say there’s more to biofuel production than the yield

    The latest research findings from the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program suggest that biofuel production should be gauged by much more than the yield. Writing in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, KBS researchers show that even though corn yields the greatest amount of biomass, other biofuel crops such as native perennial grasses score higher as viable alternatives when other environmental benefits are put into play.

  • Just published: LTER Network News Vol. 26 No. 4, Fall Edition

    You can now read the latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Fall 2013 Vol. 26 No. 4 (see This final issue of 2013 covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

  • Harvard Study Shows Sprawl Threatens Water Quality, Climate Protection, and Land Conservation Gains in Massachusetts

    Important findings reveal promise and peril of land-use decisions

    Petersham, MA - A groundbreaking study by Harvard University’s Harvard Forest Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape’s ability to protect against climate change.

  • LTER scientists say humans threatening wetlands' ability to overcome sea level rise

    Human-induced changes may prevent wetlands from doing what they do best--mitigate expected sea level rise due to climate change, say Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientists in a paper featured in the latest issue of the scientific journal, Nature.

  • NSF Announces continuation of GROW Program

    The National Science Foundation has announced the continuation of the Graduate Research Fellowship’s (GRFP) Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Program. Through the Program, NSF Graduate Fellows are provided an international travel allowance to engage in research collaborations with investigators in partner countries located outside the United States.

  • NSF invites proposals for LTREB

    The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals for the Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program, which addresses important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. The Program intends to support decadal projects, and funding for an initial 5-year period requires the submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description.

  • Study: Forest clearcuts show sustained losses of carbon, surprising trends in water

    PETERSHAM, Mass.---A new study out of the Harvard Forest, released today in the journal Global Change Biology, is the first detailed account of how carbon, water, and energy balances shift in the three years following the clearcut of a deciduous forest. The study, conducted by Clark University Professor Christopher Williams and colleagues in a 20-acre clearcut in Petersham, Mass., reveals a steady loss of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, despite rapid recovery of plant growth.

  • Just published: LTER Network News, Fall 2013, Vol. 26 No. 3

    The Fall edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network newsletter is out. The LTER Network News, Fall 2013 Vol. 26 No. 3 (see covers current developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

  • GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Shuttered parks, wildlife refuges hamstring long-term research projects

    Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. 202/628-6500

    Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Researchers in New Mexico can't keep tabs on prairie dog populations. Scientists got booted from bunkhouses in an Oregon forest. And biologists are barred from tagging sharks and alligators in the Everglades National Park.

    It's all thanks to the government shutdown.

  • Read the latest LTER E-News, Summer 2013 Vol. 26, No. 2

    The current issue of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network newsletter is out. The second issue of this year, the LTER Network News, Summer 2013 Vol. 26 No. 2 includes stories about science news and activities from various LTER sites, various news items from around the Network, education, and a new children's book.

  • Harvard Forest researchers say whitebark pine tree’s future may be at risk

    New research by Harvard Forest (HFR) LTER scientists suggest that widespread death of the whiteback pine tree from beetle infestations and tree disease outbreaks may be affecting seed production and hence the future of the tree--a mountain tree important to wildlife and water resources in the western United States and Canada.

  • Science360 Radio interviews focus on LTER

    A series of interviews with Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientists conducted by Science360 Radio to commemorate Earth Day continues with Mark Williams’ research at the Niwot Ridge LTER program. The interviews will be up all week and are available on the Science360 radio home page at

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