LTER Network News | December 2019

December 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 available on the LTER... 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 »

Legacy carbon takes a hit as younger forest stands burn

Aftermath of forest fire

In 2014, massive wildfires swept through the Northwest Territories of Canada, burning over two million hectares of boreal forest, as well as the highly organic soils on which they stood. Researchers with the Bonanza Creek LTER used this unplanned experiment to learn whether the carbon released from burned land had been recently deposited or if… Read more »

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone – or at least threatened

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Credit: Jack Pearce via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Species that are abundant often go ignored by conservation planning until an acute threat to their populations emerge – and by then, sometimes it’s too late. According to a new article in the journal Ecosphere, common species are often critically important as structural, dominant, or foundation species in… Read more »

Diverse soil improves plant diversity after all!

It stands to reason that variable environmental conditions would support greater plant diversity, but few experiments have offered concrete support for the “environmental heterogeneity hypothesis.” In re-establishing tallgrass prairie, the correlation took over 15 years to emerge.

AIBS Workshop: Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science

From the AIBS Public Policy Report: Credit: M. Downs/LTER-NCO. CC BY-SA 4.0.Reports abound from professional societies, the Academies, government agencies, and researchers calling attention to the fact that science is increasingly an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international endeavor. In short, science has become a “team sport.” There is a real and present need to better… Read more »

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 »

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 »