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April 2020

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


This Friday, April 24 at 10 am PT the LTER Network Office is hosting its first Virtual Career Panel webinar featuring panelists from NGOs and government agencies. We invite LTER graduate and REU students and other early career researchers interested in learning about non-academic careers to join in. Two more panels are planned for May and June, featuring data scientists, communicators, science policy specialists, and more.

A highlight of the annual LTER Science Council meeting is a series of 5-minute talks from each site. Together, they provide a condensed survey of the wide variety of science that LTER investigators are pursuing. We had to move the Science Council meeting online this year, which was a disappointment, but it also allows us to open those talks up to a broader audience. Please join us for LTER site talks: May 5, 6, and 7, 2020 at 10 am – Noon PT. Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

The LTER Network Office collaborated on a blog published this month in ESA’s Ecotone, titled Ecology and COVID-19 #1: To go or not to go (in the field)? We hope it provides a bit of guidance and perspective for those LTER researchers having to make hard decisions about whether to continue fieldwork during the covid-19 pandemic.

The LNO is also curating a list of LTER-related virtual resources for educators, parents, and students to aid in online learning. If your site has an education resource you’d like us to add to this webpage, please email

Around the Network

Congratulations to the LTER researchers named as Ecological Society of America Fellows for 2020! New fellows include Serita Frey and Gary Lovett (Hubbard Brook LTER), Lauren Hallett (Niwot Ridge LTER), Meghan Avolio (Konza Prairie LTER), and Knute Nadelhoffer (Harvard Forest, Arctic LTERs).

Congratulations to Lydia Zeglin of Konza Prairie LTER who received an NSF CAREER award to measure interactions between prairie grazers and soil microbes, and to Catalina Segura of Andrews Forest LTER who received a CAREER award to support her research on the temporal-spatial variability of rainfall-runoff generation in headwater streams.

Congratulations as well to the many graduate students across LTER sites awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. We are so proud of our graduate student community!

Save the Dates

Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis – Taught in partnership with DataONE, this five-day immersion into widely adopted R-based tools for open science will help participants stay abreast of current best practices and initiatives and begin acquiring data science skills to maximize productivity, share data with the scientific community, and benefit from the re-use of their data by others. August 17-21, 2020

Data Science Training for Arctic Researchers – Applications are due April 24th for this 5-day all-expenses paid workshop provided by the Arctic Data Center. The October workshop will provide an overview of best data management practices, data science tools and concrete steps and methods for more easily documenting and uploading data to the Arctic Data Center.

Recent Press

Papers of Interest

Funding Opportunities

  • NSF Signals in the Soil (SitS). This program encourages convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic soil processes, including soil formation, through advances in sensor systems and modeling, Full proposals due: May 20, 2020
  • Navigating the New Arctic Community Office  (NNA-CO). An NNA community office is required to coordinate the activities of funded NNA projects; engage new PIs; and promote research, education, and outreach activities. Proposals due: July 10, 2020.
  • NSF INCLUDES Planning Grants Solicitation (19-600). These grants support planning efforts necessary to build capacity to establish future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks endeavoring to address a broadening participation challenge in STEM at scale. Proposals due: July 13, 2020.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU). The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Proposals due: August 26, 2020.
  • International Research Experiences for Students  (IRES). This program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. Proposals due: Track I, IRES Sites: September 8, 2020; Track-II, Advanced Studies Institutes: September 15, 2020; Track – III, New Concepts in International Graduate Experience: September 22, 2020.

Jobs and Fellowships

Twitter Pics of the Month

We’ve appreciated the many landscape images posted by LTER sites over the past month to remind us of the beauty and diversity of our field sites waiting for us when we can return to our regular field research.