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June 13, 2018

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2018 LTER All Scientists’ Meeting

Next Generation Synthesis: Successes and Strategies

Workshop submissions closing June 15!
Poster submissions remain open until June 30.

Key Committee Meetings: Sunday September 30
General Meeting September 30-October 4, 2018
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA

Join us for an exceptional lineup of workshops and plenary speakers, including: Sharon Collinge, Chief Scientist of NEON; Michael Dietze, Director of the Ecological Forecasting Laboratory at Boston University; Stephanie Hampton, Division Director for NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology, eco-geomorphologist Matt Kirwan; Kathie Weathers, Hutchinson Chair and Odum award recipient;  and a panel of synthesis center directors, including NCEAS’ Ben Halpern, Powell Center’s Jill Baron, and SESYNC’s Margaret Palmer.

2018 Science Council Meeting

Our deepest appreciation goes out to the North Temperate lakes LTER site for hosting the 2018 Science Council Meeting. Site lightning talks and committee reports are available in the document archives. Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting will be available when approved at the June meeting.

NSF LTER Symposium

The NSF LTER Symposium: Understanding our Ocean Connections through Long-Term Ecological Research on April 19, 2018 drew 125 people to NSF Headquarters, including administrators and managers from Washington-based agencies, academics, filmmakers, and reporters–as well as NSF administrators. Videos of excellent talks by Deron Burkepile (MCR), Evelyn Gaiser (FCE), Kyle Cavanaugh (SBC), Susan Menden-Deuer (NES), Merryl Alber (GCE) and Bill Fraser (PAL) are available on the LTER YouTube channel and are linked from the symposium webpage.

2018 Synthesis Webinar Series

Five of the six active LTER synthesis groups have delivered webinars, sharing their goals and early findings. Links to webinar videos are available on the website and (you guessed it) on the LTER YouTube Channel.

Still to come:
July 12:  Contributions of long-term ecological research to changing theoretical paradigms of disturbance ecology

Fall, 2018: Advancing soil organic matter research: Synthesizing multi-scale observations, manipulations & models, with Wil Wieder and Kate Lajtha.

Around the Network

Andrews Forest“Numbers in Nature, Math on the Mountain” is a teacher–scientist partnership that explores stories of place through data. Through the program, teachers and scientists came together to collaboratively explore data that tell the stories of two locations in Central Oregon: the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (HJA) and Mt. Bachelor.

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve: Peter Reich was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in May…and…Cedar Creek is bringing bison to their site, along with a viewing gazebo and trained naturalists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors.

Harvard Forest has been home to a moving and provocative art installation, titled Hemlock Hospice, resulting from a collaboration between artist David Buckley Borden and Harvard Forest Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison.

Luquillo LTER: Nicholas Brokaw gave his retirement talk: “The Professor as Hunter-Gatherer” on June 8, 2018.

McMurdo Dry Valleys: Diana Wall, MCM LTER PI Emeritus, was recently elected into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Northeast U.S. Shelf LTER just launched their new website. Stop in and give them a boost.

Northern Gulf of Alaska‘s spring cruise will include educator and film-maker Michele Hoffman Trotter, media and education specialist Carlee Belt, and cinematographer Katherine Brennan. They are working on a series of educational modules called “Expedition Gulf of Alaska: an Online STEAM Experience” and filming for “Microcosm,” a documentary project that features the diversity and roles of microscopic life in the ocean.

Virginia Coast Reserve: The recently-hired site director for the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center, Cora Johnston, will also direct Education and Outreach programs for VCR. Welcome aboard, Cora.

Funding Opportunities

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) announces the Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship, awarding up to $5000 to support projects that will result in a software or data products to be disseminated to the CUAHSI community within one year of funding. Applications will open in August 2018.

Open Positions

To learn about LTER Network-related job openings as they arise, visit our opportunities page.

LTER Newsletters

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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 at
  • Sign up for NEON’s monthly newsletter to learn more about the National Ecological Observatory Network and data collections rapidly coming online.