August 30, 2017
It’s hard to believe the summer is almost gone and the academic year is starting. It was great to see such a strong LTER presence at the ESA Meetings—with a synthesis symposium, an urban LTER symposium, and over 150 talks and posters from across the Network.
The NCO has several important updates to share with the LTER community and site leadership teams that should not wait until the next scheduled News from the LTER-NCO.
LTER All Scientists’ Meeting
At the Network Communications Office, we’ve been working behind the scenes to confirm a date, location, and funding for the 2018 All-Scientists’ Meeting, which will be held:
September 30-October 4, 2018
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California
This is a change to the date I announced earlier in the News from the LTER-NCO newsletter. My sincere apologies to those who may have made plans based on the earlier date.
We will be able to fund travel, lodging, and registration for up to 7 people per LTER site, with an emphasis on early-career and under-represented researchers, plus information and education managers. I’ll be contacting Site PI’s later this fall to ask for your list. Meanwhile, please note the dates on your calendars and start brainstorming ideas for talks, synthesis groups, and workshops. We only get to gather the Network every 3 years; let’s make the most of it! If you have ideas for top-notch plenary speakers, please contact Marty Downs or Frank Davis until the planning committee is fully assembled.
New LTER logo
Logos redesigns can be difficult. It’s extraordinarily hard to capture the essence of an organization (particularly one as diverse as the LTER Network) in a single image, but it was time for an update. Working with a professional design team, the Network Communications Office developed several options for the LTER Executive Board to consider and also sought input from across the LTER community. We received over 280 responses to our survey, many with thoughtful and insightful comments.
In the end, we didn’t choose any one of the logos offered in the survey. Rather, we tried to incorporate the intent of the most frequent types of response. The LTER community wanted a logo that felt as warm and inviting as we try to be; that incorporated elements of both science and time; that said ecological research, not technological research…and that had a certain individuality and uniqueness.
The new LTER Network logo—as approved by the LTER executive board and NSF—is shown below. We truly appreciate all the thoughtful and constructive input from the Network. The NCO will begin incorporating it into materials and web sites gradually, with the major shift happening later this fall.
Several key positions are opening up around the Network. Please circulate these announcements to qualified candidates:
- The University of Virginia Department of Environmental Sciences is seeking a Site Director for the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Project and the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center.
- The Center for Limnology (CFL), UW-Madison invites applications for a Director for Trout Lake Station (TLS).
- Michigan State University seeks a Director for the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) to provide leadership and promote a creative environment that fosters innovation and excellence in the Station’s research, education, and outreach programs.
- The Sevilleta (SEV) Long-Term Ecological Research Program seeks an Information Manager to bridge scientific research and information technology in the management of data from a large, long-term research program focused on dryland ecosystems.
To learn about LTER Network-related job openings as they arise, email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to join email@example.com or visit our opportunities page.
Conferences and Special Issues
The Fall Meeting of the American Geosciences Union will be 11-15 December, 2017 in New Orleans.
The LTER Network Communications Office is gathering a listing of talks and papers, so please include LTER or Long-Term Ecological Research in your affiliation or abstract if at all possible. We’re also working with NSF Public Affairs to bring media attention to some of our most newsworthy stories. To give us a heads-up about your newsworthy paper, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LTER Science update, issued monthly, provides brief, accessible summaries of recent science from across the Network. It is designed to inform partners, educators, and the broader ecological community as well as LTER Network scientists. Please share and encourage your colleagues to subscribe.
News from the NCO, issued quarterly, provides regular organizational updates to LTER-associated personnel.
From related organizations:
- The Environmental Data Initiative issues a bi-monthly newsletter for those who are interested in data sharing and archiving.
- Critical Zone Observatory Network offers an occasional newsletter with news on Network research, education, and meeting activities.
- The International LTER Network maintains an email list and a twitter presence.
- Sign up for NEON’s monthly newsletter to learn more about the National Ecological Observatory Network and data collections rapidly coming online.