News from the LTER-NCO: Late summer update

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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.

LTER logo 2017

Open Positions

Several key positions are opening up around the Network. Please circulate these announcements to qualified candidates:

To learn about LTER Network-related job openings as they arise, email downs@nceas.ucsb requesting to join opportunities@lternet.edu 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 downs@nceas.ucsb.edu.

Newsletters

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:

News from the NCO: 2017 Summer

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July 15, 2016

Governance Update

The LTER Science Council and Executive Board met at Hubbard Brook, May 16-19, where they welcomed representatives of three new LTER sites, discussed some great science, and made a few key decisions:

  • LTER bylaws have been revised to refer to the Network Communications Office (NCO), rather than the LTER Network Office (LNO) and to clarify the relationships among the LTER Executive Board, the Science Council, the Network Communications Office, and the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI).
  • The Director of the LTER Network Communications Office will hold a voting seat on the LTER Executive Board and the Director of the Environmental Data Initiative will hold an ex officio seat on the LTER Executive Board. The Information Management and Education and Outreach Committees will continue to hold non-voting seats on the LTER Executive Board and the LTER Science Council.
  • The Science Council approved a recommendation by the Executive Board to update the LTER data access policy to reflect the movement towards open and unrestricted access to data. When no specific access policy is specified for a data set, the LTER data portal will now default to  a Creative Commons license requiring attribution (CC BY 4.0).
  • We appreciate the service of  Anne Giblin (PIE), Gary Lovett (HBR), and Sherrie Johnson (AND), who rotated off the Executive Board, and welcome new (and returning) EB members: Katherine Suding (NWT), David Foster (HFR), and Jess Zimmerman (LUQ).
  • The LTER Information Management Committee is meeting before the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Annual Meeting in Bloomington, Indiana, July 24.

Synthesis Activities

In addition to the five synthesis working groups currently underway, the LTER Science Council is working on products emerging from the 2017 and 2018 Science Council meetings.

  • Peter Groffman is pulling together a set of papers from each site on LTER Futures for a special issue of Ecosphere.
  • A team led by Evelyn Gaiser is organizing a manuscript that will elaborate a framework for understanding humans as an integral part of ecosystems.

LTER at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting

A listing of talks and posters being presented at ESA will be available shortly. Meanwhile please plan on joining us for:

The NCO is organizing three workshops at ESA, and will be promoting REU opportunities at the Diversity Luncheon, but will not have a booth this year. Workshops:

Communications Trainings

Curriculum materials from the NCO’s  8-week online, interactive course in science communications are now available online at  Telling the Right Story, for the Right People, at the Right Time

Save the Dates

  • The 2018 Science Council/Executive Board Meeting will be hosted by the Northern Temperate Lakes LTER. Madison, here we come!
    • May 15: Executive Board
    • May 16 & 17: Science Council
    • May 18 (a.m.): PI Meeting
  • Tentative dates for the 2018 All-Scientists Meeting are September 9-13th, 2018 at Asilomar Conference Grounds.
  • Can’t keep track of key LTER dates? The NCO maintains a calendar with key committee and Network-wide meetings.

NCO Personnel Update

After 22 years of dedication to improving the availability and usability of environmental data, Mark Schildhauer is retiring from the the day-to-day management of NCEAS computing, but he’ll continue to apply his talents to a variety of special projects.

Open Positions

To learn about LTER Network-related job openings as they arise, email downs@nceas.ucsb requesting to join opportunities@lternet.edu or visit our opportunities page.

Conferences and Special Issues

Abstracts for the Fall 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting are due August 2 (July 26 for early submission). Please include LTER or Long-Term Ecological Research in your abstract to help us find and promote your talk.

Also, consider submitting an abstract to Public Affairs session 013: How Does Your Geoscience Research Matter and Can You Explain How it Matters to the Public?

Newsletters

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:

 

News from the NCO: 2017 Winter

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January 18, 2017

Synthesis

The review committee recommended two Synthesis Working Group proposals for funding in the current round. Congratulations to Forest Isbell, Jane M. Cowles, and Laura Dee who will lead Scaling-up productivity responses to changes in biodiversity and Lauren Hallett, Daniel Reuman, Katharine Suding for Synthesizing Population and community synchrony to understand drivers of ecological stability across LTER sites

Mark your calendars

The NSF mini-symposium is scheduled for March 21, 2017. The list of speakers is available at lternet.edu. We are still seeking a few posters to complement the featured talks. Please contact Marty Downs if you have a story you think NSF should see.

The annual Executive Board meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2017 at Hubbard Brook LTER. The Science Council meeting will follow on May 17th, 18th, and 19th. The theme is “disturbance” with a focus on the use and value of long-term data. The steering committee includes Frank Davis, Michael Nelson, Gary Lovett and Evelyn Gaiser.

An online, interactive workshop on science communication fundamentals, “Telling the Right Story to the Right People, at the Right Time,” is underway now. If you are interested in being notified directly about future communications trainings and resources, please sign up for the communications interest list.

The NCO has two workshops accepted for ESA 2017 in Portland, OR. Marty will lead a workshop on quick and inexpensive video production. Sam and the education committee will lead a lunch-time workshop on using the Next Generation Science Standards EQuIP rubric to spark collaborative lesson generation between educators and scientists. We’ll let you know when registration is open.

Meetings and Outreach

The annual Life Discovery Conference, which ESA helps organize, highlights leading science, curriculum design, implementation, and data exploration efforts for high school and undergraduate education. Presentations are no longer being accepted, but it’s still a great place to connect with educators and education-focused colleagues.

For the upcoming ASLO Aquatic Sciences meeting, the NCO is summarizing and promoting LTER-related talks and posters, as we have for ESA and AGU in the past. If you haven’t already let us know about your talk or poster, please do.

Abstracts are due soon for presentations at the 2017 Ecological Society of America Meeting in Portland Oregon. The submission deadline is Thursday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Remember to include LTER in your title or abstract so we can find and promote your talk!

From the Committees

The Information Management Committee has a new training working group, working on identifying unmet training needs and developing new resources. The web site improvement and redesign (WIRED) working group is assessing and refreshing the information managers web site.

The Education and Outreach Committee is working on the application of a new rubric to guide the design of classroom resources. Talk with Sam Norlin or Steven McGee if you’re interested. This summer’s long-distance information share among Research-Experience-for-Teachers participants, organized by Kara Haas and others, offered a sense of community and inspiration for teachers working at LTER sites. Marty Downs and Jill Haukos are working on a redraft of a resource guide for Education and Outreach managers.

The Diversity Committee was established as a standing committee at the 2016 Science Council meeting, tasked with developing diversity-related resources and approaches for use across the Network. Current chair is Alan Berkowitz.

LTER Newsletter Reminder

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 Network scientists. Please share and encourage your colleagues to subscribe.

News from the NCO, issued quarterly, provides regular organizational updates to all LTER-associated personnel. If you have news items from your committee that you would like to have included, please drop me a line.

January Science Update Newsletter

LTER Science UPdate Newsletter, January 2017In January, the Science Update Newsletter covers:

  • an MCR-LTER paper in Marine Biology on genetic variation in responses to ocean acidity and warming;
  • a CWT-LTER paper in Global Change Biology on subsidies to net ecosystem carbon uptake through cold air drainage;
  • a BNZ-LTER study, published in Climate Change, on the role of access to in determining availability of subsistence resources in Arctic communities;
  • a JRN-LTER study, published in Ecohydrology, on climate variability as a determinant of alternative stable states;
  • A paper out of GLEON, published in Inland Waters, on the importance of physical parameters for modeling lake productivity, as demonstrated through automated depth profile sampling.

Subscribe to stay up to date on the latest news on long-term science from across the country, and please share with colleagues and stakeholders.

December Science Update Newsletter

science update, December 2016In December, the Science Update Newsletter covers:

  • an Ecosphere paper on demystifying governance for ecologists with links to several LTER sites and scientists,
  • a Wetlands paper on the sensitivity of ecosystem productivity to intermittent low temperature events in the Florida Everglades,
  • a study on the relationship of total N, total P and leaf area index in temperate grassland (building on a similar study in arctic tundra), published in Oecologia
  • a synthesis of ecology under lake ice, published in Ecology Letters, and
  • announcement of the 2017 Synthesis Working Groups.

Subscribe to stay up to date on the latest news on long-term science from across the country, and please share with colleagues and stakeholders.

November Science Update Newsletter

LTER Science UPdate Newsletter, January 2017In November, the Science Update Newsletter covers:

  • a survey of arts and humanities programs at 21 LTER sites, published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences;
  • a paper in Fungal Ecology looking at the ways Harvard Forest LTER’s chronic nitrogen addition plots have restructured soil fungal communities;
  • a multi-site experiment exploring the mechanisms relating nutrient enrichment with changes in productivity, diversity, and plant community structure in grasslands, published in Ecology Letters;
  • a Landscape Ecology paper, out of the Jornada Basin LTER, exploring the role of soil type in determining where wildfires start and how big they get;
  • an article in Ecosphere examining the use of scenarios in working with forest stakeholders and land managers.

Subscribe to stay up to date on the latest news on long-term science from across the country, and please share with colleagues and stakeholders.

News from the NCO: 2016 Autumn

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November 2, 2016

Synthesis

The LTER-NCO received nineteen proposals for Synthesis Working Groups in the October call for proposals. The review committee meets in late November and selections will be announced in December.

Meanwhile, the Metacommunities Working Group got started with a bang, hosting a very successful workshop at ESA and their first meeting at the LTER-NCO in September.

Mark your calendars

The NSF mini-symposium is scheduled for March 21, 2017. Keep an eye on the web site for topics and speakers.

The annual Executive Board meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2017 at Hubbard Brook LTER. The Science Council meeting will follow on May 17th, 18th, and 19th.

Communications Trainings

By popular demand, the NCO is hosting a discussion of video abstracts and video shorts on November 17, 2016. Pre-registration is required and background reading is recommended.

Through a collaboration with SciFund Challenge, the NCO is offering an 8 week online, interactive course in science communications fundamentals: Telling the Right Story, for the Right People, at the Right Time. The course will run from January 8-March 4, 2017.

Meetings and Outreach

ILTER: Almost 50 US LTER researchers were among the 300 delegates at ILTER’s first open science meeting,  held October 9-13 in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Meeting highlights included workshops on uncertainty in long-term research, distributed experiments, and visits to the many long-term sites operated by SANParks and SAEON.

AGU Meeting: LTER researchers will present over 100 talks and posters at the American Geophysical Union meeting, December 12-16.  Find a list of LTER-related talks on the LTERNET web site. Did we miss yours? Drop a line to nco-comm@lternet.edu to add it. And next year, be sure to include “LTER” somewhere in your affiliation or abstract!

OBFS Annual Meeting: Matt Jones presented at the Organization of Biological Field Stations Annual Meeting Sept 21-25 in Sitka, Alaska on behalf of the LTER-NCO and the Network. He encountered strong interest in developing collaborative working group proposals.

NCO Personnel Update

The NCO welcomes our new Education Lead, Sam Norlin. He’ll continue as Project Director for  the Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage (REACH Up) Project at University of Alaska-Fairbanks while devoting 30% of his time to stewarding the LTER Network education effort.

LTER Newsletters

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 Network scientists. Please share and encourage your colleagues to subscribe.

News from the NCO, issued quarterly, provides regular organizational updates to LTER-associated personnel.

LTER Mailing List Reference

Quick! Which email lists reaches site administrators and which reaches site PI’s? The NCO has recently updated the major centrally-managed email lists and added this handy reference page to the web site.  

Open Positions

Conferences and Special Issues

LTER is partnering with ESA to get out the word about their annual Life Discovery Conference, which highlights leading science, curriculum design, implementation, and data exploration for high school and undergraduate education. Proposals for short presentations and hands-on workshops are being accepted until December 15, 2016

Science of the Total Environment is planning a special issue on detecting and explaining natural and anthropogenic changes by making use of large extent, long-term ecological research facilities of the international long-term ecosystem research (ILTER) network.

They are particularly interested in regional or global studies. To inquire about contributing a manuscript, email peter.haase@senckenberg.de by December 1, 2016, with: Name of author(s), institute, country, indicative title, abstract.

ESA invites proposals for Workshops, Special Sessions, Field Trips, and Ignite Sessions for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The meeting theme is “Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world.”

LTER Science Update Launches

Science Update front pageLTER Science Update provides short, accessible articles describing recent news and publications from across the Network. We hope you will be informed and inspired. Subscribers can sign up online and manage their own subscription settings, so feel free to share with interested colleagues. Have a recent paper or project that may be of interest? Just drop us a line at NCO-comm@lternet.edu.

NCO and other organizational updates will continue to appear in News from the NCO on a quarterly basis or as needed.

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