Konza Prairie LTER program receives $6.76 million NSF grant renewal

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MANHATTAN, KS — Long-term ecological research at Kansas State University’s Konza Prairie Biological Station will continue for another six years with a $6.76 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation. Konza Prairie, an 8,600-acre native tallgrass prairie research station, is jointly owned by Kansas State University and The Nature Conservancy and managed by the… Read more »

Read the latest LTER Network News

The latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Fall 2014, Vol. 27 No. 3, is now online. The newsletter covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, scientific meetings, international LTER news, and social science activities from various LTER sites. Read the full… Read more »

Collins resigns as LTER Chair, Groffman takes over

Scott Collins has resigned as Chair of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Science Council and Executive Board, and Peter Groffman, who as Chair-elect was scheduled to become Chair in May 2015, has assumed those duties, effective immediately. Dr. Groffman is a microbial ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and is associated with… Read more »

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 »