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Committee Meetings Next Event LTER Education & Engagement Committee Monthly Meeting – August 1, 2024 – 12:00 pm-1:00 pm – LTER recognizes the value of sustained interactions between students, teachers, and scientists, and strives to integrate LTER science with K-12 education. Most LTER sites conduct individual programs at the local level, and the network supports… Read more »

LTER Community Call: Field Safety Discussion

June 26, 2024 @ 9:00 am-10:00 am –

With another field season starting/just underway, we invite the LTER community to join us for an interactive discussion on field safety. Molly Phillips, the LTER Inclusion and Access Coordinator and Cassandra Miller, a PhD student at the University of NM and Sevilleta LTER, will facilitate the session, but we will be tapping into our collective wisdom by posing a series of prompts to engage listeners to share wins, challenges, tips, and resources!

Join us on Wednesday, June 26th at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m. MT / 11 a.m. CT / Noon ET) to share your knowledge and experience and learn from others as we all strive to keep ourselves and others safe while having a productive and fun time in the field!


  • What is the best advice you were ever given for staying safe in the field?
  • What resources have you found indispensable for taking care of xyz in the field?
  • What is a memorable way that a mentor has supported you during field season?

Announcing Mentoring Community-of-Practice

Join mentors from across the LTER network to discuss and find support around the challenges that inevitably arise during mentoring. Bring the challenges you are encountering; we’ll leverage our shared expertise toward creating solutions. Come to pick up effective practices from others or to share your own successful strategies. Leave with actionable ideas and a… Read more »

LTER Community Call: The power of data synthesis for understanding the effects of coastal hurricanes

September 25, 2024 @ 9:00 am-10:00 am –

The power of data synthesis for understanding the effects of coastal hurricanes

Christopher J. Patrick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary

Chris Patrick homepage

Hurricanes are projected to increase in frequency, intensity, and spatial coverage with climate change, however, our understanding of how and why coastal systems respond to particular hurricane events remains limited. The HERS-RCN (Hurricane Ecosystem Response Synthesis – Research Coordination Network) was created to address this need.  The presentation will include the rationale for the RCN, moving the field past “my system, my storm” case studies, summarizing the network efforts so far including what has been learned through data synthesis, and describing where the research coordination network efforts are headed next.

Highlights from network research include several data stories that come from our data synthesis.  These include the recent discovery that ecosystem responses to hurricanes tend to covary in terms of response size relative to stress (resistance) and recovery time relative to response magnitude (resilience), the effect that hurricane frequency has on functional diversity of coastal ecological communities, and the finding that fish community resilience to the hurricanes in the southeast United States has been declining.  The presentation will also touch on recent efforts to link ecological work to the social sciences, building the responses of socio-economic systems into our conceptual framework.

Christopher J. Patrick, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary, where he runs the Coastal & Estuarine Ecology Lab and is the Lead PI and Director of The HERS (Hurricane Ecosystem Response Synthesis) RCN (Research Coordination Network). He is also the Director of the Submersed Aquatic Vegetation Restoration & Monitoring Program at VIMS, and lead PI of MarineGEO Virginia. He has a B.S. in Behavior, Evolution, Ecology, and Systematics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Prior to VIMS, Chris was a Research Scientist at The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (2011-2014), an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed with EPA Office of Water/Office of Science & Technology (2014-2015), and an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (2016-2019) where he developed and directed MarineGEO Texas. With over 45 peer-reviewed publications to his credit, recent relevant papers on the topic of hurricane impacts on coastal systems include papers in Estuaries & Coasts, Science Advances, Bioscience, and Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment.


REU at the Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER

REU at the Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER

Undergraduates, come gain unique experience this summer working with a BLE scientist on an ecological research project. The 10-week program starts on June 3 and ends August 9, and it comes with a $6000 stipend.

Remaining Relevant: The Hubbard Brook Online Book

As ecological trends change with a changing climate, the Hubbard Brook Online Book will continue to reflect the most current understanding of the forest ecosystem whenever it is read.

LTER Visual Media Series: Kelso Harper

April 19, 2024 @ 10:00 am-11:30 am –

Communicating science through photography and videography with Kelso Harper, Multimedia Producer at Scientific American

Friday, April 19 at 1pm ET/ noon CT/ 11 am MT/ 10 am PT/ 9 am AKT

Kelso Harper works across visual media and science journalism, from photography to podcasts to video. They currently run Scientific American’s vertical video operation. They have previously worked as a writer, producer, editor, and host for outlets like WIREDSciencePopular Mechanics, Retro Report, and TED Ed, and has degrees in chemistry and science writing from Johns Hopkins University and MIT.

Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to submit their own work by Friday, April 12, and participate in a 30-min show-and-tell discussion. After the 1-hr lecture, participants who have submitted work will spend 30 minutes receiving feedback in a small-group setting to improve their own graphics.