To develop the framework of a synthesis paper to Soil Biology & Biochemistry.To review and critique the Integrated Research Challenges (IRC) proposal draft on the DIRT (Detritus Input and Removal Treatments) Intersite decomposition project (Knute Nadelhoffer, lead PI ).To review and critique the QIEB (Quantitative Integrated studies in Experimental Biology) proposal on the theoretical aspects of energetics and nutrient cycling of bacterial and fungal feeders in detrital foodwebs across a range of sites, some in the Network, including SGS and CWT, plus Wind Cave National Park (John Moore and Dave Coleman, lead PIs ).