LTER data key to studies in special issue of Biogeochemistry journal

Long term studies by a number of Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites were the basis for some of the 14 papers in a special issue of the journal Biogeochemistry entitled “Tracking evolution of urban biogeochemical cycles: past, present, and future.” The issue encompasses work by urban ecologists in different cities across the U.S. including… Read more »

Nelson and Vucetich question new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act

What exactly does the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent reinterpretation of the Endangered Species Act portend for endangered species? Michael P. Nelson, the Principal Investigator of H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and John A. Vucetich (an ecologist at Michigan Technological University), tackle that question in a recent opinion piece… Read more »

KBS LTER work helps shape USDA greenhouse gas policy

KBS LTER director Phil Robertson was part of team that authored a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. Read more: http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/msu-helps-shape-usda-greenhouse-gas-policy/

LTER Network News Summer 2014 now out

The latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Summer 2014, Vol. 27 No. 2 has just been published. The issue covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, scientific meetings, and international LTER news, and social science activities from various LTER sites. You… Read more »

LTER at ESA 2014

The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will have a strong presence at the 99th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Sacramento, California, from August 10 to 15, 2014. A schedule of LTER-related presentations and events will be posted at the meeting. Browse the draft schedule and email any additions to hart3@fas.harvard.edu…. Read more »

When science meets policy: a grad student’s experience on the Hill

From the KBS LTER – Every year the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) hold a Congressional Visits Day (CVD) in Washington, D.C. during appropriations season. The goal is to have a strong presence of faculty, students, and crop advisors advocating for agricultural and… Read more »

CCE’s Ohman and colleague explain the El Nino effect in NSF Discovery article

To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, the National Science Foundation (NSF) interviewed biological oceanographer Mark Ohman and physical oceanographer Dan Rudnick of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography about the El Niño effect. But is El Niño really on the horizon? Ohman is PI of the California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long Term Ecological Research… Read more »

NSF Discovery article on LTER work peers into the future

As we celebrate Earth Day 2014, a new article in a series on the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network highlights LTER research that seeks to understand what our world will look like in the foreseeable future. “Earth Day in the Future: What Will It Be Like? is part thirteen in the Discovery… Read more »

Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible

Benefits to water and soil quality plus climate stabilization achieved with good crop yields By changing row-crop management practices in economically and environmentally stable ways, US farms could contribute to improved water quality, biological diversity, pest suppression, and soil fertility while helping to stabilize the climate, according to an article in the May issue of… Read more »