• 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.

  • Simulating Climate Change: Take a Walk in a Forest of the Future

    What will the future feel like in our forests? In six plots at the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research Site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the trees already know. Dr. Pamela Templer has created a robust simulation of the climate—warmer summer temperatures and later snowfall—that these forests will experience within the century.  

  • ESA By Topic: Presentations on the Ecological Impacts of Saltwater Inundation

    The IPCC projects that, even if humans succeed in keeping temperatures below the 2°C target set in Paris, sea level will rise 0.28 to 0.61 m this century.

  • LTER Presentations at 2016 ESA Annual Meeting

    From August 7 to August 12, the Ecological Society of America will hold its annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This year’s theme, “Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene,” will build on discussions initiated during last year’s centennial meeting, “Ecological Science at the Frontier.”

  • Wisconsin Panfish Are Shrinking: Discovery Drives New Fisheries Management Policy

    bluegill on line
    Bluegill (a panfish) hooked on Crystal Lake, WI in
    1998. Photo Credit: Wisconsin Department of
    Natural Resources, CC BY-ND 2.0

  • PhysFest: the "Un-Meeting"

    PhysFest participants measure gas exchange on an
    annually-burned watershed.

  • 2016 LTER Synthesis Working Groups Selected

    One strength of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is that it reveals patterns and connections that are only apparent over years and decades. As a national network, it also offers extraordinary opportunities to make comparisons among ecosystems. The Network Communications Office announces the funding of three LTER synthesis proposals, which combine existing data to yield fresh insights into how ecological systems work. 

  • Headwaters to Oceans: ASLO Special Issue

    Manuscripts due November 7, 2016


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