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August 21, 2018

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2018 LTER All Scientists’ Meeting: Next Generation Synthesis: Successes and Strategies

Registration closes Aug 30!

  • Key Committee Meetings: Sunday September 30
  • General Meeting: October 1-October 4, 2018

Join us for an exceptional lineup of workshops and plenary speakers, as well as poster sessions and special evening events. Only a few registration slots remain, so if you haven’t done so yet make sure you register as soon as possible.

2018 ASM T-Shirt Design Competition

We are excited to announce the LTER ASM 2018 T-Shirt Design Competition! This competition is an opportunity for students, researchers, and anyone else affiliated with any of the 28 LTER Network sites to showcase their artistic ability, creativity, and communication of the conference theme through graphic design. The T-shirt should incorporate the theme of this year’s All Scientists’ Meeting, Next Generation Synthesis: Successes and Strategies. Submissions due August 27. Get all the details on our website.

Papers of Interest

Advancing Theories of Ecosystem Development through Long-Term Ecological Research

Ideas and Perspectives: Strengthening the Biogeosciences in Environmental Research Networks

Around the Network

Sevilleta: To discover how environmental change is affecting dryland ecosystems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $6.4 million grant in new support of the SEV-LTER site in central New Mexico under the leadership of Jennifer Rudgers. 

Northeast U.S. Shelf: NES-LTER co-PI Michael G. Neubert is a 2018 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Mike is Senior Scientist in the Biology Department and Director of the Marine Policy Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. NES-LTER team completed a trip this summer to the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) to deploy the Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) to continue the greater than 12 year time series, and completed the R/V Endeavor Summer 2018 Transect cruise.

Northern Gulf of Alaska: A new four-part series published on the University of Alaska Fairbanks News and Information website features stories from one of the newest LTER sites, highlighting research activities undertaken during the May 2018 research expedition on the research vessel Sikuliaq. Alicia Rinaldi-Schuler, a fisheries graduate student at CFOS who volunteered for NGA LTER’s Spring 2018 cruise aboard R/V Sikuliaq, recently released a video about her experience.

Beaufort Lagoon: The new BLE-LTER site spent their first summer field season establishing long-term study sites and taking their first measurements of hydrology, chemistry, and microbial diversity in Alaskan Arctic lagoons. Updates can be found on the BLE website as well as on their very active Twitter account, @ArcticLagoons.

Konza Prairie: John Blair, university distinguished professor of biology, has been named the director of Kansas State University’s Konza Prairie Biological Station, while Jesse Nippert steps up to steer the Konza LTER. Blair’s appointment begins on July 16, and follows the retirement of John Briggs, who served as the station director from 2008-2018. Also, an article about grass response to drought, written by KNZ-LTER graduate student Emily Wedel, was featured in Science Snapshots.

California Current Ecosystem: Scientists from CCE-LTER participated on the P1706 process cruise this summer studying upwelling filaments off the California Coast and produced a blog about their experience. A paper led by CCE postdoc Tristan Biard concerning the role of single-celled phaedorians in the silica cycle is featured in EOS’ June issue.

Andrews Forest: The Joan Truckenbrod PopUp Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon recently displayed a new exhibit of photographs from Oregon State University’s Andrews Experimental Forest taken by artist David Paul Bayles during his time as artist-in-residence at the site. AND-LTER hosted 2018 HJA Day on June 28, highlighting the 70th anniversary of the 1948 establishment of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest with presentations and field trips.

Cedar Creek: On August 15, CDR-LTER hosted the 2018 Intern Research Symposium, with 26 interns presenting results from independent research projects. CDR has had a busy summer full of field work, citizen science and education activities, all described in their summer newsletter.

Florida Coastal Everglades: Dr. Rene Price was featured in an episode of Inside Higher Ed’s Academic Minute podcast; FCE researchers Drs. Tiffany Troxler and Ben Wilson are quoted in an article and featured in a video published by The New Yorker (Miami Faces an Underwater Future, “Planting Trees to Fight Flooding” video footage). FCE Education and Outreach Coordinator Nick Oehm delivered 200 copies of the FCE Schoolyard Book One Night in the Everglades to be distributed in Broward County Public School Libraries this fall.

Georgia Coastal Ecosystems: The 2018 GCE LTER Schoolyard was a success this year with 16 participants and projects including a new study in the Cypress Swamps of the Altamaha, fish bioacoustics, and “hidden heroes” of the salt marsh. 

Upcoming NSF Funding Opportunities

Letter of Intent Full Proposal Program
Research & Synthesis
11/19/2018 & 08/05/2019 Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)
02/14/2019 Earth Sciences: Laboratory Technician Support (EAR/LTS)
1/4/2019 Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS)
11/1/2018 Dear Colleague Letter: Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) for Driving Convergent Science in the Critical Zone
12/12/2018 01/09/2019 ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (dates differ for various sub-programs)
04/02/2019 Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
12/14/2018 Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Education, Training, and Engagement
11/26-12/06/2018 02/06/2019 National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (emphasizing NSF’s Research Big Ideas)
08/14/2019 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
09/21/2018 11/19/2018 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS)
08/01/2018 to 06/03/2019 STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)
01/25/2019 Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)
1/22/2019 Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)
06/03/2019 Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

Open Positions

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From Related Organizations

  • The LTER data repository is now the Environmental Data Initiative, serving LTER as well as a broader community of environmental biologists. Visit the EDI website and subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on their training webinars and in-person training opportunities.
  • Critical Zone Observatory Network offers an occasional newsletter with articles on Network research, education, and meeting activities.
  • The International LTER Network maintains an email list and a twitter presence. Check out their new website and subscribe to their newsletter.
  • Sign up for NEON’s monthly newsletter to learn more about the National Ecological Observatory Network and data collections rapidly coming online.