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
Oct 20, 2021 Advancing soil organic matter research: synthesizing multi-scale observations, manipulations & models
Principal Investigators: Will Wieder, Kate Lajtha.
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
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
Feb 16, 2022 Ecosystem transitions: increased variability and regime shifts
Principal Investigators: Cristina Portales-Reyes, University of Georgia, Y. Anny Chung, University of Georgia
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
April 20, 2022 Biosphere special issue on climate and LTERs
Presenters: Charley Driscoll and Julia Jones