Art and Humanities LTER Programs Build Empathy for Nature

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Do arts and humanities programs at LTER sites further the Network’s mission? Recent research posits that art-humanities-science collaborations generate empathy – and associated emotions like inspiration, awe, and wonder – for the natural world. This empathy then drives society to engage with and care more broadly about nature.

April LTER Science Update Newsletter

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In April, the Science Update Newsletter covers: a perspective piece in Ecology Letters, by NTL and other researchers, on the history and opportunities for the field of macrosystems ecology; a comparison of the impacts of grazing and fire history on plant water use and niche structure—from researchers at the KNZ LTER; in Ecosystem Health and Sustainability,… Read more »

LTER Science Update Newsletter | March 2017

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In March, the Science Update Newsletter covers: Announcements of three new LTER sites and the NSF symposium a HFR-LTER paper in Ecology on the influence of excess nitrogen on fungal decomposition (spoiler — it slows decomposition) a BES-LTER paper in Landscape Ecology on evolving paradigms of urban ecology a KBS-LTER study, published in Royal Society Open Science, on… Read more »

LTER Science Update Newsletter | February 2017

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In February, the Science Update Newsletter covers: an KBS-LTER paper in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation on collaborative solutions to nitrogen runoff; a CCE-LTER paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on organic carbon sequestration at mesoscale ocean fronts; a BNZ-LTER study, published in Forest Ecology and Management, on the the influence of hare… Read more »

News from the NCO: 2017 Winter

January 18, 2017 Synthesis The review committee recommended two Synthesis Working Group proposals for funding in the current round. Congratulations to Forest Isbell, Jane M. Cowles, and Laura Dee who will lead Scaling-up productivity responses to changes in biodiversity and Lauren Hallett, Daniel Reuman, Katharine Suding for Synthesizing Population and community synchrony to understand drivers of… Read more »

LTER Science Update Newsletter | January 2017

In January, the Science Update Newsletter covers: an MCR-LTER paper in Marine Biology on genetic variation in responses to ocean acidity and warming; a CWT-LTER paper in Global Change Biology on subsidies to net ecosystem carbon uptake through cold air drainage; a BNZ-LTER study, published in Climate Change, on the role of access to in determining availability… Read more »

Telling the Right Story, for the Right People, at the Right Time

Telling the Right Story, for the Right People, at the Right Time January 8-March 4, 2017 Trying to set priorities for communicating your sites’ work? Or developing your first professional profile as you search for a job? Building a global reputation or breaking into a new area of research? Come join your LTER colleagues for 8… Read more »

LTER Science Update Newsletter | December 2016

In December, the Science Update Newsletter covers: an Ecosphere paper on demystifying governance for ecologists with links to several LTER sites and scientists, a Wetlands paper on the sensitivity of ecosystem productivity to intermittent low temperature events in the Florida Everglades, a study on the relationship of total N, total P and leaf area index… Read more »

November Science Update Newsletter

In November, the Science Update Newsletter covers: a survey of arts and humanities programs at 21 LTER sites, published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences; a paper in Fungal Ecology looking at the ways Harvard Forest LTER’s chronic nitrogen addition plots have restructured soil fungal communities; a multi-site experiment exploring the mechanisms relating nutrient enrichment… Read more »

News from the NCO: 2016 Autumn

November 2, 2016 Synthesis The LTER-NCO received nineteen proposals for Synthesis Working Groups in the October call for proposals. The review committee meets in late November and selections will be announced in December. Meanwhile, the Metacommunities Working Group got started with a bang, hosting a very successful workshop at ESA and their first meeting at… Read more »