The LTER Network Communications Office (NCO) facilitates both internal and external communications for the LTER Network. With over 2000 scientists working on questions that range from coral resilience to the role of fire in carbon storage, no single office could provide an exhaustive catalog of LTER science. Rather, the NCO aims to raise the profile of the Network as a whole and illuminate the role that LTER sites play in integrating short-term studies with long-term observations, serving as magnets for collaboration and education, and providing context and expertise for stakeholders and the scientific community.

Communication-related activities of the NCO:

  • Web site. The NCO hosts and maintains the LTER web site, the LTER Intranet, and the LTER photo gallery. Please contact webmaster@lternet.edu to update information or to discuss ideas for new stories or features.
  • Science spotlights. By writing stories, creating maps, videos and data visualizations, the NCO helps make the scientific discoveries of the LTER Network accessible to reporters, resource managers, decision makers and educators. Whether working with researchers and outreach managers at individual sites to spotlight a recent publication or explain the importance of a new synthesis emerging from a working group, we aim for clear, accurate, engaging and visually compelling communication.
  • Media relations. While the number of science reporters may be declining, the importance of science in the public sphere is only increasing. The NCO works to connect LTER science and scientists with reporters who are interested in understanding the shape, functioning, and future of a broad range of ecosystems.
  • Social media. The NCO has an active social media presence at @USLTER on Twitter, at USLTER on Facebook, and at US LTER on YouTube. Like or follow us for the latest news on what’s happening at other sites, as well as resources in science communications, synthetic ecology, and open data.
  • Mailing lists. The NCO maintains email discussion lists and records of LTER Network committees.
  • Communications training and resources. Need to identify a good freelance producer or writer? Looking for some professional development or just putting together a brownbag on blogging, video, or social media? We’ll be developing an extensive set of communications resources and offering occasional training opportunities over time. If you don’t yet see what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to connect the LTER Lead Communications Officer, Marty Downs (downs@nceas.ucsb.edu).
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