The LTER Network has grown from a handful of independent sites to a true network with cross-site experiments, synthetic science, coordinated data management, and standard community practices. LTER community members managed a great deal of that growth, with modest financial support from the LTER Network Office in the form of working group funds. The record of past working groups is – in many ways – a record of the focus and priorities of the LTER Network through time.

Working Group TitlePrincipal InvestigatorTypeAward YearFinal Report
Metabolic Theory of Ecology and Stream ecosystems, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Exploring the effect of scale-dependent processes on ecological systems using networked sensors, 2006
Effects of N-fixing plants on diversity and species interactions, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Status and Trends of ecosystems services: A Cross-Site comparison of LTER Sites, , 2006
Patterns and Consequences of Shrub Encroachment across North America, , 2006
Workshop to define quality management standards for data completeness in derived data productsWade Sheldon, Donald Henshaw, kramsey, 2006Final Report (PDF)
Polyphenols across the LTER: assessing fractions, forms and functions, , 2006
Ecology and Environmental Justice Research across the LTER Network: long-term and multi-scale understandings of past, present and future, , 2006
Grass lands data Integration of aboveground net primary productivity across sites and time, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Toward a synthesis of LTER studies of small mammal populations and communities in arid and semiarid ecosystems, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits, and environmental gradients to understand community organization at local and continental scales, , 2006
The influence of changes in terrestrial plant community structure on aquatic ecosystem function across the LTER network, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Trends in Long Term Ecological Data Working Group, , 2006
Importance of Consumer-driven Nutrient Recycling in Streams Across a Climatic Gradient – San Juan, PR, , 2004Final Report (PDF)
The response of watershed nitrogen retention to large-scale climate disturbance across the LTER network., , 2004
Cross-site Synthesis of Soil Microbial Enzymes in Response to N Deposition, , 2004
Continuation of Fertilization Synthesis, , 2004
Shrub Dynamics: A Cross-Site Examination for Patterns & Consequences, , 2004
Biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM), , 2003
Performing Network-level Synthesis by Quantifying Ecosystem Goods and Services (LTER Synthesis Workshop)Matt Wilson, Daniel Childers2003Final Report (PDF)
Species Richness in Space and Time, , 2003
Synthetic Effort to Characterize the Controls on Nitrogen Transportation through Streams & RiversWalter Dodds2003Final Report (PDF)
Biodiversity of Riparian Ecotones, , 2003
Functional Response to Resource Change across LTER Sites (Biodiversity of Riparian Ecotones)Katharine Suding, Judy Li, , 2003Final Report (PDF)
LTER Workshop on Litter Decomposition Synthesis, , 2003
LTER Extreme Events Working GroupDoug Goodin2003Final Report (PDF)
Metapopulation dynamics and Meta Community Structure, , 2003
Long-term Effects of Land Use History on Carbon & Water Balance, , 2003Final Report (PDF)
LTER Education Outreach, 2003
Decline of Dominant Species Due to Invasive Pests & Pathogens, , 2003
LTER -Based Student Research Symposium to Stimulate Cross-Site Student Lead Collaboration, , 2003
N Deposition to Forested Ecosystems, , 2003
Disturbance & Variance: Detecting Change in Terrestrial & Aquatic EcosystemsJames Rusak (jrusak), , 2003Final Report (PDF)
A Functional Approach to Predicting Species Response to N Fertilization across LTER Sites, 2002
LINX-2 Workshop, 2002
Geospatial team2002
Further Development of the Legacies Concept in LTER, 2002
Proposed initiative for cross-site integration of coastal watershed research, 2002
NPP Data Workshop, 2000
Integration of Research on Biogeochemicalcycles at LTER sites, 2000
Defining the Schoolyard LTER Program: Priorities, Infrastructure, and Communications2000
LTER-based Tropical Coastal Research Across the Caribbean Basin, 2000
Ecological Network Analysis for Cross Site Comparisons: Developing the Network of Users, 2000Final Report (PDF)
Sense-of-Place Attitudes in the World’s Temperate Lake DistrictsRichard Lathrop, 2000Final Report (PDF)
A Cross-Site Synthesis of Biotic and Abiotic Agents of Decomposition and SOM Dynamics in LTER Sites, 2000Final Report (PDF)
East Asia-Pacific Organic Matter Decomposition Processes WorkshopEun-Shik Kim, 2000Final Report (PDF)
Integrating LTER Research into Ecosystem Management, 2000
Regulation of Organic Matter Preservation in Soils and SedimentsJim Morris, 2000Final Report (PDF)
The Long-term Intersite Decomposition Experiment Team (LIDET), 2000
Scaling Carbon Flux to the Site Level in the Context of Validating Products from Earth Observing SatellitesDavid Turner, 2000Final Report (PDF)