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The LTER Network Office sponsors a variety of working groups with the goal of scaling up place-based research to learn how ecosystems function across time, space, and differing conditions. Our 2021-2022 webinar series introduces the work of the six synthesis groups that are currently active. Their foci range widely and include the effects of drought at hundreds of sites globally, developing better ways of aligning genomic and ecological data, controls on river exports of silicon and more. The series will be capped with a presentation by the organizers of a special issue on climate research at LTER sites. Please register below to attend any or all of the hour-long sessions.

All webinars are 11am PST

Sept 15, 2021 A global synthesis of multi-year drought effects on terrestrial ecosystems

Principal Investigators: Kate Wilkins, Colorado State University, Osvaldo Sala, Peter Wilfahrt, University of Bayreuth, Laureano Gherardi, Melinda Smith

A global synthesis of multi-year drought effects on terrestrial ecosystems

Oct 20, 2021 Advancing soil organic matter research: synthesizing multi-scale observations, manipulations & models

Principal Investigators: Will Wieder, Kate Lajtha.

Advancing soil organic matter research: Synthesizing multi-scale observations, manipulations & models

 Nov 17, 2021 Ecological Metagenome-derived Reference Genomes and Traits (EMERGENT).

Principal Investigators: Jeff Blanchard, UMass Amherst/HFR, Janet Jansson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Jorge Rodrigues, UC Davis, Lee Stanish, NEON, Margaret O’Brien, UC Santa Barbara, Jason McDermott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ecological Metagenome-derived Reference Genomes and Traits (EMERGENT)

Jan 19, 2022 From poles to tropics: A multi-biome synthesis investigating the controls on river Si exports

Principal Investigators: Joanna Carey, Babson College, KathiJo Jankowski, US Geological Survey

From poles to tropics: A multi-biome synthesis investigating the controls on river Si exports

 Feb 16, 2022 Ecosystem transitions: increased variability and regime shifts

Principal Investigators: Cristina Portales-Reyes, University of Georgia, Y. Anny Chung, University of Georgia

Ecosystem transitions: increased variability and regime shifts

Mar 16, 2022 Identifying environmental drivers of plant reproduction across LTER sites

Principal Investigators: Jalene LaMontagne, DePaul University, Elizabeth Crone, Tufts University, Miranda Redmond, Colorado State University

Identifying environmental drivers of plant reproduction across LTER sites

April 20, 2022 Biosphere special issue on climate and LTERs

Presenters: Charley Driscoll and Julia Jones