Network News Fall Issue Published

Check out the new Network News issue, featuring numerous articles about the 2012 All Scientists Meeting, as well as other topics of interest: http://news.lternet.edu/fall-2012

Plum Island study says nutrients likely causing salt marsh loss

Scientists studying salt marshes at the Plum Island Ecosystem (PIE) Long Term Ecological Research site have long wondered why the marshes were disintegrating and dying at a faster rate than normal. Writing in the journal Nature this week the scientists, led by Linda Deegan of PIE and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole,… Read more »

In blown down forests, a story of survival

Contact: Clarisse Hart, Harvard Forest Outreach Manager Telephone: (978) 756-6157 (9a to 5p) Email: hart3@fas.harvard.edu October 16, 2012 PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS—In newscasts following intense wind and ice storms, damaged trees stand out: snapped limbs, uprooted trunks, sometimes entire forests blown nearly flat. In the storm’s wake, landowners, municipalities, and state agencies are faced with important financial… Read more »

The Colors of Fall: Are Autumn Reds and Golds Passing By?

According to the latest article in the National Science Foundation’s “Discovery” series, climate change, land-use change, and introduced pests and diseases, are altering fall foliage. Read the full article: The Colors of Fall: Are Autumn Reds and Golds Passing By?

2012 LTER All Scientists Meeting presentations available for viewing

Lead Principal Investigators for the 26 research sites in the LTER Network assemble for a group photo at the All Scientists Meeting in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 11, 2012.

The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office has made available most of the plenary presentations from the 2012 LTER All Scientists Meeting at Estes Park, CO, from September 10-13, 2012. The videos can be viewed using popular browsers with Microsoft Silverlight installed. You can view the 2012 ASM Video Catalog at http://mtsms.unm.edu/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/fe4c458dcdd9432fada785d9556d602021 According to… Read more »

LTER scientists mull environmental challenges and solutions at Estes Park meeting

Lead Principal Investigators for the 26 research sites in the LTER Network assemble for a group photo at the All Scientists Meeting in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 11, 2012.

September 10, 2012 ESTES PARK, CO — Amidst growing global concerns for the effects of climate change and other large-scale environmental challenges, nearly 800 scientists associated with the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network are meeting this week in Colorado to discuss and exchange ideas on possible solutions to the collaborative and scientific challenges… Read more »

LTER gears up for ASM 2012

Group photo. 2006 LTER ASM

The 2012 LTER All Scientists Meeting (ASM) is rapidly approaching. On the agenda are four full days of gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, with lots of time for working group meetings – seven sessions in total – plenty of ad-hoc meetings, and fun. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Unique Role of the LTER… Read more »

Native plants in urban yards offer refuge to local birds

A study by scientists at the Central Arizona-Phoenix (CAP) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site found that residential yards in urban areas with native vegetation support local bird species better than those with traditional grass lawns, essentially providing “mini refuges.” The study, published in the online journal PLoS ONE, looked at residential landscapes in Phoenix,… Read more »