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  • Andrews Forest LTER Receives $6.7M Grant from NSF

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research and education at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, one of the nation’s premier ecological science sites, has received a six-year, $6.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Konza Prairie LTER program receives $6.76 million NSF grant renewal

    MANHATTAN, KS — Long-term ecological research at Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station will continue for another six years with a $6.76 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation.

    Konza Prairie, an 8,600-acre native tallgrass prairie research station, is jointly owned by Kansas State University and The Nature Conservancy and managed by the university's Division of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Read the latest LTER Network News

    The latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Fall 2014, Vol. 27 No. 3, is now online. The newsletter covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, scientific meetings, international LTER news, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

    Read the full issue, Network News, Fall 2014, Vol. 27 No. 3

  • 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: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/msu-helps-shape-usda-greenhouse-gas-policy/

  • 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 http://news.lternet.edu/summer-2014

  • 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 hart3@fas.harvard.edu.

  • 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 http://news.lternet.edu/spring-2014) 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 http://news.lternet.edu/fall-2013-0). 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.

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