• Searching for synergies: The future of long-term, large scale ecological research

    An LTER-NEON Synergies workshop, held March 29-31, explored the potential for strengthening and deepening the relationship between these two major research organizations and expanding ties to other networks such as the Critical Zone Observatory (CZO), Long Term Agricultural Research (LTAR) and Global Lake Ecological Observatory (GLEON) networks.

  • Three new LTER sites announced

    The National Science Foundation has announced two new oceanic LTER sites, both based in regions with highly productive fisheries. In addition, the newly-announced Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems (BLE) LTER will focus on changes occurring both on land and in the ocean that affect Arctic ecosystems over time. 


    From February 26-March 3, The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) will hold its annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawai`i. The LTER Network sites will deliver oral and poster presentations on a wide range of topics, from blue carbon in salt marshes to impacts of the Eastern Pacific "warm blob" and El Niño. In addition, LTER investigators may be especially interested in three all-day special sessions:

  • 2017 REU opportunities

    NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program. The REU program allows for active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. So if you are an undergraduate student interested in gaining meaningful research experience, consider applying for a summer REU opportunity.

  • Drought, fire, rising seas: discovering the nature of ecosystem change

    The 2017 NSF symposium is scheduled for the morning of March 21, 2017.

  • 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 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



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