2006 LTER All Scientist's Meeting
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LTER Overview

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network s upports fundamental ecological research that requires long time periods and large geographical scales.  Created in 1980 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Network is a coordinated network of 26 field sites joined together through the collaborative effort of more than 1800 scientists and students. 

The Network's general mission is to understand ecological phenomena that occur over long time and broad geographic scales; to create a legacy of well-designed and documented ecological experiments; to conduct major syntheses and theoretical efforts; and to provide information necessary for the identification and solution of environmental problems. 

The LTER network of sites conducts integrated research in five core areas: pattern and control of primary production; spatial and temporal distribution of populations selected to represent trophic structure; pattern and control of organic matter accumulation in surface soils and sediments; patterns of inorganic inputs and movements of nutrients through soils and waters; and patterns, frequency, and effects of disturbance.

The LTER field sites represent a diversity of habitats in continental North America, the Caribbean , and the Antarctic, including deserts, estuaries, lakes, prairies, various forests, alpine and Arctic tundra, urban areas and production agriculture. This breadth is possible through coordinated funding from various directorates of the National Science Foundation (NSF)—Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Polar Programs, and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Supplemental funding by the NSF supports the LTER Schoolyard educational program, international collaborative research, and related activities at LTER sites.

LTER also supports a Network Office [ http://www.lternet.edu/sites/lno/ ] whose mission is to coordinate and facilitate information technology development and implementation across the network, to facilitate management of the network, to aid efforts in research synthesis, and to conduct public outreach. The Network Office is housed in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico .

LTER does not solicit proposals, except when new LTER sites are initiated and does not accept unsolicited proposals from LTER or non-LTER scientists. For more information and announcements of opportunity, visit the LTER web page [http://www.lternet.edu/ ].


•  LTER brochure - "LTER Network: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in Long Term Ecological Research"

•  NSF brochure - "Translating Science for Society: Broader Impacts of NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Program"

•  Site brochures

•  Brief history of LTER

•  Recent and ongoing research

•  Global Change research at LTER

•  LTER 20-year review

•  LTER partnerships and affiliations

•  Schoolyard LTER website

•  LTER maps & logos

•  LTER-OUP Synthesis Series

•  Image database

Other Useful Links

•  National Science Foundation (NSF)

•  International LTER (ILTER)

•  Children's book project—featuring “The Lost Seal”

[Members of the mass media who wish to get more information about the LTER Network and its research activities may contact McOwiti O. Thomas (tmcowiti@lternet.edu) , Public Information Officer, LTER Network Office, Biology Department, MSC03 2020, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001; phone 505-277-2638. You may also contact the sites directly.]