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October 2019

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


LTER Network Self Study is now available on the LTER Network website. NSF is convening the review committee, which will complete its work (likely including site visits) over the next several months. Many thanks to all the hard working members of the self study committee!

Dave Garrison, long-time NSF Program Officer and Chair of the NSF LTER working group is beginning his well-earned retirement. If you have photos, quotes, and/or funny or poignant stories about Dave, please add them to this google document or pass them along to Marty Downs ( and we’ll put a package together, or send them direct to NSF program Officer Dan Thornhill (

The Powell Center Webinar series kicks off October 21 with a talk by Dr. Melissa Kenney on “Predicting Nature to improve environmental management: How close are we and how do we get there?” On October 30, Center staff will present on “how to submit a proposal to the John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis.” Preregistration is required.

The Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union is December 9-13 in San Francisco. Many LTER investigators will be presenting and the Network Office will compile a listing of presentations. Please help us spread the word about your talk, poster, or session, by sharing the link with us, including LTER in your title or affiliation, and using the Network logo on your title or acknowledgement slide.

Save the Dates

LTER Committee Meetings and LTER-related events are available for your reference at any time on the LTER Network Calendar. 

Recent Press

Papers of Interest

Around the Network

Virginia Coast Reserve: Long-time VCR/LTER Investigator Iris Anderson has received the 2019 Odum Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).

Luquillo LTER welcomes a new information manager, Miguel Leon, who joins the LTER from the Luquillo CZO.

Harvard Forest LTER launches the New England Landscape Futures Explorer, an interactive tool for exploring different possible outcomes based on global trends and local decisions.

Cedar Creek LTER. Cheri Stockinger, an artist in residence at Cedar Creek, is holding quilting classes at the Reserve and attracted more than 30 participants — ages 6 to 89 — to the October class.

Bonanza Creek LTER. Ecologist Terry Chapin will receive the Volvo Environment Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes. The prize consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and a cash sum of SEK 1.5 million and will be presented at a ceremony in Stockholm on 7 November 2019. The committee lauded Chapin’s work: “Throughout his decades-long career in ecosystems research and global change, Professor Terry Chapin has worked tirelessly with people and for the planet. His work will have a long-lasting impact on the ways we seek to build a sustainable future, with the concept of Earth Stewardship supporting the deep institutional and structural change required to meet the challenges ahead.”

Funding Opportunities

LTER Synthesis Working Groups

The 2019 LTER synthesis working groups application deadline is fast approaching! Find the RFP and new resources for developing collaborative proposals on the LTER Network website under “synthesis.” Proposals due October 23.

LTER Site Renewals & New Urban Site Opportunity: NSF’s LTER Site Renewal RFP is now live. Due date: March 5, 2020. NSF has also released a new Urban Site solicitation. Preliminary Proposal due date: December 4, 2019: Full proposal: June 15, 2020.

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB): Full proposal due November 19, 2019

NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID): Full proposal due November 20, 2019

NSF Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support: Full proposal due December 16, 2019

NSF ADVANCE – Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions  (ADVANCE): Full proposal due January 15, 2019

Jobs and Fellowships

Committees and Interest Groups

The following committees are actively seeking new members. Please reach out to the designated contact people if you have interest. The listing of active LTER committees and their membership is always available on the LTER Network website.

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

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