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 »

NSF Discovery article on LTER: How much fertilizer is too much for Earth’s climate?

Helping farmers around the globe to apply more precise amounts of fertilizer nitrogen can combat climate change, according to a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Part 15 of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Discovery Series focuses on the study, “Global metaanalysis of the nonlinear response of… 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 »

DataBits Newsletter, Spring 2014

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Issue of Databits! This issue is dominated by two major themes – the past and the future. As we experience progressive changes in information management practices and technologies there is an illusory sameness, a sense that what “is now” always was and always will be. However, as articles in this… Read more »

Just Published: LTER Network News, Spring 2014

The latest edition of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network quarterly newsletter, Network News, Spring 2014, Vol. 27 No. 1 (see http://news.lternet.edu/spring-2014) has just been published. The issue covers recent developments within the Network, as well as stories about research, education, and social science activities from various LTER sites.

Annual LTER Mini-Symposium at NSF

The annual LTER Mini-Symposium was held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. The annual mini-symposium is a forum where LTER scientists share with colleagues from federal and non-government agencies, professional societies, and private organizations in Washington, D.C., the vision, relevance, and broader impacts of the scientific research undertaken by… Read more »

LTER sites part of new regional climate hubs

The USDA recently announced the formation of regional climate hubs at seven locations across the United States in an initiative aimed at helping farmers, ranchers and rural communities cope with the effects of climate change. Three of these hubs are associated with Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network sites—the Jornada LTER in southern New Mexico,… Read more »

KBS researchers say there’s more to biofuel production than the yield

The latest research findings from the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program suggest that biofuel production should be gauged by much more than the yield. Writing in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, KBS researchers show that even though corn yields the greatest… Read more »