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Accessible Ecology

JRN scientists have created tools and programs to make scientific results readily available to a variety of stakeholders, including land managers, scientists and teachers. Outputs include web-based access to scientific data, methods to monitor changes in soils and vegetation around the world, and training for K-12 students and teachers.

Herrick JE, Van Zee JW, Havstad KM, Burkett LM, Whitford WG. 2005. Monitoring manual for grassland, shrubland, and savanna ecosystems. Volumes 1 and II. USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ.
Peters DPC. 2010. Accessible ecology: synthesis of the long, deep, and broad. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 592-601.
Peters DPC, Laney CM, Lugo AE. et al. 2011. Long term trends in ecological systems: a basis for understanding responses to global change. USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington DC.
Dr. Debra P.C. Peters
Through the Jornada Basin Schoolyard LTER program, more than 3,000 K-12 students participate each year in field trips that include participation in long-term data collection and analysis activities.
Asombro Institute for Science Education
A developing framework for synthesis includes five major steps (blue text) and four classes of products (yellow cylinders) result in making complicated data easily accessible for understanding and prediction by a broad audience. This framework combines long-term and deep, process-based data from LTER sites with broad and extensive data to be collected by observatories (e.g., NEON).
Peters 2010



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