2016 LTER Synthesis Working Groups Selected

Lookout Creek at Andrews LTER

One strength of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is that it reveals patterns and connections that are only apparent over years and decades. As a national network, it also offers extraordinary opportunities to make comparisons among ecosystems. The Network Communications Office announces the funding of three LTER synthesis proposals, which combine existing data to yield… Read more »

Headwaters to Oceans: ASLO Special Issue

data recording buoy

Manuscripts due November 7, 2016 Limnology & Oceanography will be publishing a special issue in 2017, entitled “Headwaters to oceans: ecological and biogeochemical contrasts across the aquatic continuum.” With a special emphasis on connectivity across the landscape, this special issue is an especially good fit for LTER science. The editors note that they are particularly… Read more »

Building International Connections

The International LTER Network is holding its first global open science meeting in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Recognizing the value of this event for building international scientific collaboration, inspiring fresh ideas, and expanding the Network’s reach, NSF provided a supplement to help support attendance of some LTER scientists at this landmark meeting. Interest in… Read more »

Rot: The Afterlife of Trees

Mossy log with id tag

For artists participating in the multimedia exhibit “Rot: The Afterlife of Trees” at the Corvallis Arts Center, rotting trees are inspiration.

Science Policy Forum: Liberating Data (and Samples)

samples stored at the hubbard brook archive for potential reuse

A phalanx of open-science advocates (including Harvard Forest LTER’s Aaron Elison) recently published a Science Policy Forum full of broad principles and specific proposals on how the scientific community might cultivate a more open, transparent, and collaborative approach to data archiving and sharing. And they didn’t give anybody a pass on physical samples either. Credit:… Read more »

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.