• Collins resigns as LTER Chair, Groffman takes over

    Scott Collins has resigned as Chair of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Science Council and Executive Board, and Peter Groffman, who as Chair-elect was scheduled to become Chair in May 2015, has assumed those duties, effective immediately. Dr. Groffman is a microbial ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and is associated with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and Hubbard Brook LTER sites. Dr. Collins served as Chair since May 2011.

  • LTER data key to studies in special issue of Biogeochemistry journal

    Long term studies by a number of Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites were the basis for some of the 14 papers in a special issue of the journal Biogeochemistry entitled "Tracking evolution of urban biogeochemical cycles: past, present, and future." The issue encompasses work by urban ecologists in different cities across the U.S. including three LTER sites, Baltimore, Luquillo, and Plum Island.

    Read a more detailed account of the studies

  • Nelson and Vucetich question new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act

    What exactly does the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent reinterpretation of the Endangered Species Act portend for endangered species? Michael P. Nelson, the Principal Investigator of H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and John A. Vucetich (an ecologist at Michigan Technological University), tackle that question in a recent opinion piece in the New York Times (NYT).

  • KBS LTER work helps shape USDA greenhouse gas policy

    KBS LTER director Phil Robertson was part of team that authored a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities.

    Read more:

  • LTER Network News Summer 2014 now out

    The latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Summer 2014, Vol. 27 No. 2 has just been published. The issue covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, scientific meetings, and international LTER news, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

    You can read the full issue of LTER Network News, Summer 2014, Vol. 27 No. 2 at

  • LTER at ESA 2014

    The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will have a strong presence at the 99th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Sacramento, California, from August 10 to 15, 2014.

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

  • 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.


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