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 Title Principal Investigator Type Award Year Final Report
Characterizing the nature of the LTER network , , 2006
Ecosystem Services from Working Lands: Cross-site LTER Research , , 2006
Toward a synthesis of LTER studies of small mammal populations and communities in arid and semiarid ecosystems , , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Exploring the effect of scale-dependent processes on ecological systems using networked sensors , 2006
The influence of changes in terrestrial plant community structure on aquatic ecosystem function across the LTER network , , 2006 Final 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
Catalyzing cross-site comparisons of microbial diversity and function , , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Polyphenols across the LTER: assessing fractions, forms and functions , , 2006
Collaborative Research on Desertification between the Jornada Basin and Mongolian LTER , , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Ecology and Environmental Justice Research across the LTER Network: long-term and multi-scale understandings of past, present and future , , 2006
Metabolic Theory of Ecology and Stream ecosystems , , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Grass lands data Integration of aboveground net primary productivity across sites and time , , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Effects of N-fixing plants on diversity and species interactions , , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Linking phylogenetic history, plant traits, and environmental gradients to understand community organization at local and continental scales , , 2006
Trends in Long Term Ecological Data Working Group , , 2006
Workshop to define quality management standards for data completeness in derived data products Wade Sheldon, Donald Henshaw, kramsey , 2006 Final Report (PDF)
Phenology across LTER , , 2006
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
Importance of Consumer-driven Nutrient Recycling in Streams Across a Climatic Gradient – San Juan, PR , , 2004 Final Report (PDF)
Species Richness in Space and Time , , 2003
Biodiversity of Riparian Ecotones , , 2003
LTER Workshop on Litter Decomposition Synthesis , , 2003
Disturbance & Variance: Detecting Change in Terrestrial & Aquatic Ecosystems James Rusak (jrusak) , , 2003 Final Report (PDF)
Metapopulation dynamics and Meta Community Structure , , 2003
Performing Network-level Synthesis by Quantifying Ecosystem Goods and Services (LTER Synthesis Workshop) Matt Wilson, Daniel Childers 2003 Final Report (PDF)
Synthetic Effort to Characterize the Controls on Nitrogen Transportation through Streams & Rivers Walter Dodds 2003 Final Report (PDF)
Functional Response to Resource Change across LTER Sites (Biodiversity of Riparian Ecotones) Katharine Suding, Judy Li , , 2003 Final Report (PDF)
LTER Education Outreach , 2003
Decline of Dominant Species Due to Invasive Pests & Pathogens , , 2003
LTER Extreme Events Working Group Doug Goodin 2003 Final Report (PDF)
LTER -Based Student Research Symposium to Stimulate Cross-Site Student Lead Collaboration , , 2003
N Deposition to Forested Ecosystems , , 2003
Long-term Effects of Land Use History on Carbon & Water Balance , , 2003 Final Report (PDF)
Biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) , , 2003
A Functional Approach to Predicting Species Response to N Fertilization across LTER Sites , 2002
LINX-2 Workshop , 2002
Geospatial team 2002
Further Development of the Legacies Concept in LTER , 2002
Proposed initiative for cross-site integration of coastal watershed research , 2002
Scaling Carbon Flux to the Site Level in the Context of Validating Products from Earth Observing Satellites David Turner , 2000 Final Report (PDF)
Defining the Schoolyard LTER Program: Priorities, Infrastructure, and Communications 2000
Scaling From Plots to Landscapes and Regions: Relevance of Landscapes to Current Issues in Ecology Debra Peters , 2000 Final Report (PDF)
LTER-based Tropical Coastal Research Across the Caribbean Basin , 2000
Advancing the Sharing and Synthesis of Ecological Data: Guidelines for Data Sharing and Integration 2000 Final Report (PDF)
Causes and Consequences of Invasive Species; Past and Future Contributions of the LTER Network Laura Huenneke , 2000 Final Report (PDF)
Ecological Network Analysis for Cross Site Comparisons: Developing the Network of Users , 2000 Final Report (PDF)