Following on the Ecological Theory working group at the 2015 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Evelyn Gaiser and John Kominoski have developed a syllabus for a distributed graduate seminar. The seminar series will engage scientists from key theoretical fields of ecology to speak about how long term research informs the evolution of that theory.
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.
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.
published by Terra Alpaugh on Wed, 2016-04-06 14:33
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?
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.
published by Terra Alpaugh on Wed, 2016-02-24 16:18
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
published by Thomas McOwiti on Wed, 2015-10-21 16:09
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.
published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 2015-08-04 01:00
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).
published by Thomas McOwiti on Wed, 2015-07-22 19:36
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.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreements #DEB#9634135 (3/15/97 - 2/29/04), DEB#0236154 (3/1/03 - 2/28/10), DEB#0832652 (5/1/09 - 4/30/15 (Core funding)), DEB#0936498 (9/1/09 - 8/31/14 (ARRA funding)). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.