Integrative Model Supports Biodiversity-Productivity Link

For nearly half a century, ecologists have struggled to explain the relationship between ecosystem productivity and species richness. In a recent paper in Nature, USGS Ecologist James Grace and colleagues have managed to account for the many variables and confirm the long-suspected connection. To do so, they used a causal network model to incorporate data… Read more »

ILTER Open Science Meeting: Abstract Deadline March 15

The International LTER Network is pleased to announce its first global Open Science Meeting to be held from 9-13 October 2016 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Registration will be open to all experts involved in LTER, interested researchers, and stakeholders. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2016. Topical research themes will be… Read more »

The making of an ice storm

Ice storms are powerfully disruptive to northeastern forests, but truly understanding their dynamics has proved challenging because they strike with little warning. Hubbard Brook LTER scientists took the matter into their own hands by creating an ice storm of their own making. The experiment, which was covered by NSF360 and Science Now, is allowing them… Read more »

Call for Proposals: Synthesis Working Groups

The LTER Network Communications Office (NCO) announces a call for Synthesis Working Group proposals to promote analysis and synthesis of LTER data. Proposals must be submitted by the end of the day Wednesday, March 23, 2016, with research to begin before October 2016.

LTER Network Communications Office Appoints Lead Communications Officer

In August 2015, UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the site of the first Network Communications Office (NCO) for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network. Martha “Marty” Downs has been appointed as the Communications Officer of the NCO and brings a background in both ecological research and science communications.

GCE donates children’s book to Georgia public libraries

Book teaches children about importance of salt marshes By Jessica Luton (University of Georgia) Athens, Ga. – Over 400 Georgia public libraries received donated copies of an educational children’s book written by University of Georgia department of marine sciences professor Merryl Alber. “And the Tide Comes In” focuses on teaching children about salt marshes. The… Read more »

KBS entomologist Christie Bahlai selected Inaugural Mozilla Fellow for Science

The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) scientist Christie Bahlai has been selected as one of the first Mozilla Fellows for Science. The four fellows selected represent a change in the process of scientific research, championing openness, collaboration and mentorship. More than 130 researchers applied for the 10-month paid fellowships that will… Read more »

GCE climate research featured in PBS Newshour story on ocean expansion

The PBS Newshour program is currently featuring a story about some of the climate research being conducted by the Georgia Coastal Ecosystem (GCE) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. The story is part of a series, The Wild Side of Sea Level Rise, which explores the basic research behind ocean expansion and its impacts on… Read more »

LTER holds another successful All Scientists Meeting

From all comments received by the Network Office, the 2015 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) All Scientists Meeting (ASM) in Estes Park, Colorado, was a complete success! The meeting was held from August 30 through the evening of September 2. The Conference was organized around the theme: “From Long-Term Data to Understanding: Toward a Predictive… Read more »

NCEAS selected as first LTER national communications office

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) as the site for the first national Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network communications office (NCO). “The LTER program faces new challenges as it enters its fourth decade: the increasing multi-disciplinarity of ecological… Read more »