LTER Grad Students: Apply Now for Science Writing Opportunity

We are now accepting applications for new LTER graduate student science writer positions hosted by the LTER Network Office. Please apply by filling in the form below. Applications are due by November 29th. Selected students will be required to commit to writing, providing visuals, and completing an editing process for a minimum of 3 stories… Read more »

LTER at American Geophysical Union 2019

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Soil carbon — which constitutes nearly 80% of the terrestrial carbon stock — is getting a lot of attention at the 2019 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Ecological process ranging from microbial metabolism to homeowner landscape decisions impact the size and stability of the soil carbon pool — which in turn affects… Read more »

Network News | October 2019

October 2019 LTER Network News is a forum for sharing news and activities from across the LTER Network. This is our water cooler. If you have personnel changes, new grants, or cross-Network activities that might interest your LTER colleagues, please send them along to weiss@nceas.lternet.edu. Announcements LTER Network Self Study is now available on the... Read more »

Presenting at the American Geophysical Union Meeting?

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Will you be attending the 2019 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting? Want your colleagues to know when and where you are presenting? Please fill out the form below and the LTER Network Office will compile and share a list of all the LTER presentations at the meeting. Previous abstract compilations are available on the LTER… Read more »

Synthesis: What, Why, and How

The LTER Network Office at UCSB is fielding a new call for synthesis proposals with a deadline of October 23, 2019, so we are taking liberties with the format of this newsletter to bring readers a few thoughts on the variety of research that constitutes synthesis, the reasons we find it valuable, and a sampling… Read more »

Synthesis group: metacommunity dynamics and community responses to disturbance

Plans We set out to answer the general question: How do metacommunity dynamics mediate community responses to disturbance across the ecosystems represented in the LTER network? Metacommunity theory provides a framework to predict when different types of community assembly processes should control the composition of the species pool both at local and regional scales. Thus,… Read more »

Integrating plant community and ecosystem responses to chronic global change drivers: Toward an explanation of patterns and improved global predictions

JRN LTER researchers prepare a precipitation addition/reduction experiment.

Background and plans Many global change drivers (GCDs) lead to chronic alterations in resource availability. As communities change through time in response to these GCDs, the magnitude and direction of ecosystem responses are also predicted to change in a non-linear fashion. We proposed to examine whether plant community dynamics are predictive of shifts in ecosystem… Read more »

LTER Network News | 2019 August

LTER Network News is a forum for sharing news and activities from across the LTER Network. This is our water cooler. Please share personnel changes, new grants, cross-Network activities that might interest your LTER colleagues.

Understanding Farmer Attitudes Can Help Address Water Quality Issues

satellite view of gulf of mexico dead zone

The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is predicted to be a near record size in 2019. By the end of summer, the hypoxic region at the mouth of the Mississippi River is expected to occupy over 22,000 square kilometers—an area the size of Massachusetts. The culprit? Nitrogen-based fertilizers applied to crops across the Midwest that… Read more »