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December 2018

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, cross-Network activities that might interest your LTER colleagues, please send them along to


Several LTER sites are presenting research at next week’s Annual AGU meeting. Be sure to check out the full list of LTER talks and posters and show support for our Network colleagues.

Save the Dates:

2019 LTER Science Council Meeting: the 2019 Meeting of the LTER Science Council will be the week of May 14, 2019. Additional details coming soon.

2019 ILTER Open Science Meeting. The International Long Term Ecological Research Network 2nd Open Science Meeting will be held 2–6 September 2019 at the Helmholz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany.

Recent Press

Papers of Interest

Committees and Interest Groups

Several LTER committees and interest groups are experiencing a surge of activity in the wake of  the LTER All Scientists’ Meeting. Participation is entirely voluntary, but if you are interested in the following issues and activities, please reach out to the listed contact people for more information:

Cross-site REU proposal team: A group of investigators and REU coordinators are looking at developing a proposal for a cross-site REU program. Sam Norlin ( is coordinating interest

Diversity Committee: Interested in helping develop a set of resources and best practices to apply across the Network? Alan Berkowitz ( co-chairs this committee.

International LTER Committee: Are you involved in international research or have ideas about how to expand international connections? Mark Watkins ( is coordinating interest.

Communications Committee: Clarisse Hart ( and Julie Doll ( chair this committee that is building a community of practice among LTER communicators and investigators.

Around the Network

New AAAS Fellows! Congrats to  Katie Suding of Niwot Ridge LTER, Bill McDowell of Luquillo LTER, and Craig Carlson of Mo’orea Coral Reef LTER for being named as 2018 AAAS Elected Fellows. This lifetime award honors their extraordinary achievements in advancing science. Did we miss you? Please drop us a line.

LTER on social media: Like the LTER Facebook page or join private Facebook groups to continue the conversations from the ASM: Education; Graduate Students; Communications and Outreach.  Follow LTER on Twitter for the most current updates. And keep an eye out for the LTER community Instagram account, coming soon!


UFERN Webinar: The Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network (UFERN) is pleased to announce a new webinar series focused on 21st-century field education. The 2nd webinar in this series on December 12th at 10 am PST, and will feature Dr. Alison Jolley (AJ), Science Teaching and Learning Fellow/Lecturer at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Jolley will present “Can’t beat it on a good day: Investigating student experiences on field trips with different instructors and variable weather.” Click here to register for the live webinar on December 12. For additional information about upcoming webinars or to register for the listserv, visit

EGU 2019 Abstracts: The EGU 2019 General Assembly (April 7-12, Vienna Austria) call for abstracts is now open. You are encouraged to submit an abstract to the session on “Hydrochory and biotic transport in streams and open channels” (HS10.9). The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019.

NSF DEB Working Group: You are invited to apply for a spot in an NSF DEB Ecosystems funded data synthesis working group titled, “Ecosystem Responses to Hurricanes Synthesis Workshop,” to take place in Corpus Christi, TX on April 28th – May 1st, 2019. The working group will bring together scientists and practitioners studying recent the impacts of recent hurricanes.

Jobs and graduate opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (CNH2): The CNH2 Program supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human (“socio”) (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system. Letter of Intent (required): December 17, 2018; full proposal: February 14, 2019.

Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet): The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations.  The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand scientific challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. Letter of Intent: December 21, 2018; full proposal: February 28, 2019.

Powell Center Call for Proposals: Powell Center Working group proposals are due January 31, 2019. The Powell Center seeks projects that address development and testing of important Earth system science ideas and theories using existing data, cutting-edge analysis of Earth system information, and use of sound science in policy and management decisions.

Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science  (MSB-NES). Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species at regional to continental scales as well as training activities to enable groups to conduct Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science research. Full proposals: February 25, 2019.

Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES): The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from its core through the critical zone. Full proposal target date: February 20, 2019.