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  • ILTER Nitrogen Initiative 2016 Update

    The ILTER Nitrogen Initiative had a very good year in 2016. Hideaki Shibata, who leads the Nitrogen Initiative for ILTER, provided the following update. The Initiative produced many interactive activities, an international training course, publications, and firmed up links to other programs. The leaders of the Initiative truly appreciate the engagement, cooperation, and contributions of all its partners, including the U.S. LTER. 

  • Announcing 2017 Synthesis Working Groups

    With more than 36 years of continuous data collection across many biomes, the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a rich source of information for testing big-picture concepts about how ecosystems work. Luckily, the Network also brings together a group of scientists with creative ideas about how to wring new insights from diverse data sources.

  • Are We Making Selfish Microbes?

    Some bacteria become less cooperative with their plant hosts under long-term nutrient additions, finds new research by Jen Lau, an ecologist at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) LTER, and her collaborator Katy Heath at the University of Illinois.   

  • Who knew? Hurricanes matter little for marsh health. Freshwater inputs matter a lot.

    Hurricane Matthew pounded the Georgia coast on October 8. On Sapelo Island, home to the University of Georgia Marine Institute and Georgia Coastal Ecosystem (GCE) LTER field operations, trees were knocked down across the landscape, and power was out for a week. The Marine Institute itself escaped major flooding only because the storm didn’t pass at high tide.

  • LTER-NEON Synergies Workshop

    The LTER and NEON Networks are seeking participants, especially early career scientists, for a workshop to explore synergies between the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. The workshop will take place at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis/LTER National Communications Office located in Santa Barbara, CA from March 28 – 31, 2017.

  • 2016 AGU Abstracts

    From December 12-16, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) will hold its annual meeting. The LTER Network sites will be well represented with a total of 113 presentations and posters. 

    LTER-related presentations have been organized below by day and time. Please excuse any omissions or misattributions. We will continue to add to and adjust this list up until the start of the conference: please contact oreilly@nceas.ucsb.edu with corrections.  

  • Global Perspectives Yield New Insight, Connections

    ILTER meeting participants spell out ILTER
    The OSM group picture was captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated
    by SAEON technician Rion Lerm. Photo courtesy of SAEON.

  • LTER Science Update: October Issue is Live

    LTER science update newsletter

  • PRESS RELEASE: Antarctica Is Practically Defined by Ice. What Happens When It Melts?

    Joint Release


    Antarctica Is Practically Defined by Ice. What Happens When It Melts?

    For prepared observers, a single season of melting offers clues to the future of the southern continent.

  • Environmental Historians Enable Time Travel: Extending the Long Term Dataset in the Antarctic

    Lake Vanda from above
    Lake Vanda from above, McMurdo Dry
    Valleys. Photo Credit: Cole Kelleher

  • Questions from the RFP Webinar

    RFP Deadline: Wednesday, October 5

     

    (1) This is the second RFP this year. How often will you have a call for proposals?

    • From here forward, we plan to have an annual call for proposals.

  • Beyond Citizen Science: Local Observations of Climate Change Impacts Guide Vulnerability Research

    Unstable ice. Raging rivers. Fire-scorched landscapes. Deep within Alaska’s Yukon River Basin, residents faced with these obstacles during travel or hunting trips now use camera-enabled GPS units to send photographs to researchers across the state.

  • Call for Working Group Proposals

    To promote analysis and synthesis of LTER data, the NCO requests proposals for Synthesis Working Groups, with research to begin before May 2017. Funding is available for 2-4 projects of up to 2 years in duration.

  • Adventure is Out There: Pokémon and Wildlife Await

    You’ve probably heard about Pokémon Go, the recent craze that has captured America and the world. After stealing the hearts of children over a decade ago, Pokémon are back -- this time in our smartphones. People of all ages are tracking rare Pokémon, trying to “catch ’em all”. But what about interaction with the world that exists outside of our phones?

    At Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CDR), in East Bethel MN, community members have graduated beyond virtual quarry. There, they track living animals across the reserve. CDR’s new wildlife tracking citizen science program, the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey, taps the same vein of enthusiasm as chasing Pokemon. It and other similar programs are making use of people's passion for tracking and adventure and applying it to local data collection and exploration.

  • For the National Wind Erosion Research Network, the Answers Are Blowin' In the Wind

                           -- Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Blues

     

  • Distributed Graduate Seminar on Ecological Theory and Long Term Research

    Following on the Ecological Theory working group at the 2015 All Scientists Meeting, please find attached an updated syllabus for a Fall 2016 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.

  • “Why STEM?” Teachers find answers in summer field work

    Ask any teacher to identify their students’ favorite question. The answer is universal: “Why do I need to learn this?” The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program, funded through NSF and LTER, seeks to give teachers the tools to answer this question in ways that excite and engage their students.

  • ESA By Topic: Presentations on Carbon Cycling

    Of the approximately 400 Gigatonnes of carbon released into the atmosphere over the past 200 years, only half has remained in the atmosphere. The other half has been absorbed by the earth’s natural carbon sinks— global oceans, soils, and plants— slowing the amount of climate change we might otherwise observe.

  • ESA BY Topic: Presentations on Soil Ecology

    The United Nations estimates that 33% of global soils are moderately to severely degraded, and that given average rates of erosion, topsoil could be gone in 60 years. In response, the UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.

  • ESA By Topic: Presentations on Urban Ecology

    Global population continues to grow: the United Nations expects an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, all of whom will be absorbed into urban areas. When demographers add rural to urban migrants to that number, they project an additional 3.1 billion city dwellers by mid-century.

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