LTER Education program

Program Description:

Katerina Potesta assists with planting native species at the CEMEX Florida East Coast Quarry Wetland Reclamation project
Katerina Potesta assists with planting native species at the CEMEX Florida East Coast Quarry Wetland Reclamation project

The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Education Program is an NSF funded, nonprofit, collaborative organization dedicated to best practices and leading advancements in the training, teaching, and learning about the Earth’s ecosystems. By implementing long-term educational initiatives, the Schoolyard LTER programs allow for sustained approaches to training future researchers and to learning and teaching ecological concepts. Involving graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and other professionals, K-12 educators and students, and the general public helps ensure a knowledgeable workforce and citizenry into the future.

Unique features associated with LTER include:

  • Long term research, detecting patterns and phenomena of importance that are not typically discernible through short-term study.
  • Cross-site comparison and synthesis, taking advantage of parallel methodologies, data availability, and a culture of collaboration and synthesis.
  • Study of large-scale systems, phenomena, and processes affecting significant portions of the globe.
  • The sustained nature of our individual and collective programs, allowing long-term relationships to build between scientists and education communities.
  • The LTER culture of inclusion, cross- and inter-disciplinary thinking, and application to real problems.
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