Welcome to the LTER Network! Whether you are a new graduate student, an information manager, an education professional, or an experienced investigator with a new LTER site, you are joining a community of researchers with a rich history of ecological discovery and collaboration.

Here, you will find the information you need to navigate your first few weeks and months in the Network and to connect with resources and colleagues who can help you get a running start.

Credit: CC-0

Information Sources

LTERNET.EDU is the Network web site, where you can find up-to-date information on other LTER Sites, personnel, synthesis efforts, Network organization and history, communications and diversity  resources. For information on the Network Communications Office, including staff responsibilities and contact information, visit the site profile page for the Network Communications Office.

The LTER intranet houses a repository of historical documents, including meeting minutes, policies and bylaws, decadal reviews of the program, and key articles by and about the LTER Network, as well as rotation schedules for committee membership and meeting locations.

The LTER image gallery is a collection of the best images from across the Network — accessible for use by the media, the National Science Foundation, the Network Communications Office, and your colleagues at other sites.

You may also want to sign up for the LTER Science Update, a monthly newsletter with short, lively descriptions of current research across the Network.

The LTER Network Office maintains a list of LTER personnel for announcements of news and opportunities that affect the whole Network, as well as several narrower lists for related communities (information managers, students, investigators, specific committees, etc.) To establish a profile, first search the LTER Network directory, to be sure you are not already a member.

Next, contact your LTER site information manager to establish a profile. Once you have established a username and password, you will be able to sign in and update your profile information whenever it changes.

Mailing lists. Many LTER committees and working groups use productivity tools such as Trello and Slack for continuous communication, but for reaching everyone in a particular group, email remains the best option. The NCO maintains a list of the current network-wide mailing lists. In general, members of a group are not moderated after their first post to the group. Non-members are always moderated for security and posts may take a day or two to go through. Individual sites maintain their own set of lists for internal communications.

Meetings. Every three years, the Network gathers at the All-Scientists’ Meeting, where we share progress, ideas, and best practices from across the Network.

The LTER Science Council Meeting, where the principal investigators manage Network business and plan new Network-wide science initiatives, takes place in the late spring each year, with location rotating among LTER sites.

In addition, the Network Communications Office works to facilitate cross-Network connections at three major scientific meetings each year. Look for a list of LTER-related talks and posters a few weeks before the ESA, AGU, and Ocean Sciences Meetings.

For new information managers

LTER information managers meet in person once per year, usually in August, and hold a virtual watercooler gathering every month. Notes, agendas, project information, bylaws, and other information management resources are available on the information managers’ web site.

Notice of watercoolers and other information management related activities appears on the im listserv. Please contact Marty Downs at the Network Communications Office or the current committee chair to join.

For new education/outreach managers

Education and outreach managers hold a monthly committee meeting on Zoom, where they exchange information on new programs and opportunities and hear from outside speakers about once per quarter. Related documents are housed on a shared google drive. Education and outreach managers also have access to a private Facebook group for sharing news and resources.

To join the education and outreach email list and access the google drive, please send an email to Marty Downs at the Network Communications Office and to the current committee chair. To join the Facebook group, click the “request to join” button below the header image.

For new graduate students

Each LTER  site has a graduate student representative — listed on the site profile page — who helps to coordinate a network of graduate students working at the site. Network-level resources include the student listserv and the the graduate student Facebook group.