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
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
Phenology across LTER, , 2006
Catalyzing cross-site comparisons of microbial diversity and function, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Characterizing the nature of the LTER network, , 2006
Collaborative Research on Desertification between the Jornada Basin and Mongolian LTER, , 2006Final Report (PDF)
Ecosystem Services from Working Lands: Cross-site LTER Research, , 2006
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
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
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
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)
Biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM), , 2003
Performing Network-level Synthesis by Quantifying Ecosystem Goods and Services (LTER Synthesis Workshop)Matt Wilson2003Final 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, , 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
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
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)
Preliminary Synthesis of Species Removal Experiments: Follow-up to the ASM “LTER/GCTE Workshop on Removal Experiments on the Role of Biodiversity in Ecosystem Functioning”, 2000
Scaling From Plots to Landscapes and Regions: Relevance of Landscapes to Current Issues in EcologyDebra Peters, 2000Final Report (PDF)
Effects of Decomposing Woods on Soil Carbon Accumulation and Chemistry, Fungal Diversity and Microbial Enzyme Systems, 2000
Advancing the Sharing and Synthesis of Ecological Data: Guidelines for Data Sharing and Integration2000Final Report (PDF)
Causes and Consequences of Invasive Species; Past and Future Contributions of the LTER NetworkLaura Huenneke, 2000Final Report (PDF)
East Asia Conference, 2000
NPP Data Workshop, 2000
Integration of Research on Biogeochemicalcycles at LTER sites, 2000