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June 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


The LTER Network Office has curated a list of anti-racism resources & actions focused on ecology and academia. We hope this provides a jumping off point for individuals, programs, and departments actively working to promote diversity and inclusion in science. If you have resources to add, please email You can also read our full statement in support of racial equality in academia and beyond.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resource of the Month

As the reinvigorated Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee expands network-wide activities, we’ll be highlighting a new diversity resource in this space each month.

The ADVANCEGeo partnership has curated a valuable list of resources to help the research community implement diversity and inclusion practices in the field, lab, and virtual spaces. The site includes advice on drafting codes of conduct, responding to hostile behaviors, recognizing bias, reporting harassment, and more

LTER Graduate Student Spotlight

This month we feature a Q&A with Allison Swartz, a grad student representative from H.J. Andrews Experimental forest who studies the connection between forest canopy structure and aquatic ecosystem processes. Be sure to also check out the latest submissions to the LTER Grad Student blog and posts from grad student takeovers on our LTER Instagram account.

Around the Network

Congratulations to Andrew Myers of Kellogg Biological Station LTER, who won this year’s Reviewers’ Choice first runner-up paper in the journal Environmental Entomology for the paper “Habitat Type Influences Danaus plexippus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) Oviposition and Egg Survival on Asclepias syriaca (Gentianales: Apocynaceae)”.

Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER’s Director’s Blog features stories this month from guest bloggers Dr. Charles Nilon and Dr. Ela-Sita Carpenter about birding while Black in Baltimore. BES LTER also hosted a virtual Data Jam with the theme Accessible Science.

Alaska Ocean Acidification Network recently interviewed Arley Muth, a Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER scientist working on the Boulder Patch area east of Prudhoe Bay to study seasonal levels of pH among other ecological questions.

A new college-level lesson plan created by Harvard Forest LTER Research Associate Meghan MacLean uses the New England Landscape Futures Explorer tool to help students explore the connections between land-use decisions and land-cover change into the future.

Save the Dates

This Friday, June 26th, the LTER Network Office is hosting our third Virtual Career Panel webinar featuring panelists in science communication and outreach professions. We invite LTER graduate and REU students and other early career researchers interested in learning about careers outside of traditional academia to join!

Ecological Society of America 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtual), August 3-6, 2020. ESA’s meeting theme this year is harnessing the ecological data revolution. Stay tuned for a list of LTER sessions, presentations and other events connected to the meeting.

National Diversity in STEM Conference, October 22-24, 2020, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Student research presentation applications due July 10, 2020.

The Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union is scheduled for December 7-11, a mainly virtual meeting. Abstract submissions are open June 22 – July 29, 2020.

Recent Press

Papers of Interest

The most recent LTER-related papers are available on the LTER Network web site and the full Network bibliography is available at the LTER Network Zotero Group Library. Listed here is just a small sampling of the 30-40 LTER related papers that are published each month.

Funding Opportunities

Jobs and Fellowships

Twitter Pics of the Month

This month, as some LTER researchers made their way back into the field, lab, or just the outdoors, Jane Tucker and Eric Seabloom went the extra mile in protection and style with their LTER face masks! Be sure to tag @USLTER in your tweets for a chance to be featured in future newsletters.