2012 LTER Executive Board and Science Council Meeting

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2012 LTER Science Council Meeting

May 15 – 18, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest

Monday, May 14th   

Travel day for LTER Executive Board and LNO Staff

7:00 Dinner -  H.J. Andrews Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 15th

7:00 Breakfast - Cafeteria

8:00 Executive Board Meeting - Conference Hall
 (EB- Note link to Committee Reports below)

10:00 Break - as needed

12:00 Lunch for EB and early SC arrivals

3:00 Break- as needed

3:30  Meeting with NSF (Saran Twombly and Matt Kane)

6:00 Dinner for EB and SC

7:00 Mixer

Wednesday, May 16th

7:00 Breakfast - Cafeteria

8:30 Science Council Meeting - Conference Hall

Welcome and Introductory Comments – Scott Collins

Overview of Science Program – Karen McGlathery/Evelyn Gaiser

9:00 Plenary Talks

Potential roles of the LTER Network in fostering local-to-global stewardship

(Terry Chapin, University of Alaska, BNZ LTER, and Scott Collins, University of New Mexico, SEV LTER)

Incorporating the Long Term Perspective into Sustainability Science (Charles Redman, Arizona State University, CAP LTER)

10:00 Break

10:30 Plenary Talks

  Understanding and facilitating sustainability in urban ecosystems (Steward Pickett, Institute for Ecosystem Studies, BES LTER

 Identifying Pathways to Sustainable Rural Futures  (Hannah Gosnell, Oregon State University, AND LTER)

11:30 Lunch 
and prepare for field trip

1:00 Depart for Field Trip

5:00 Poster Reception - H.J. Andrews Conference Hall

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Lead Principal Investigators Meeting (2nd reps also invited - see draft Agenda below)

Thursday, May 17th

7:00 Breakfast - Cafeteria

8:30 Plenary Talks

Agricultural sustainability and nitrous oxide markets (Phil Robertson, Michigan State University, KBS LTER)

Sustainability of coastal resources: sea-level rise and coastal forests (Rene Price, Florida International University, FCE LTER)

Managing for resilience in benthic marine environments (Russ Schmitt, University of California, MCR LTER)

10:00 Break

10:30 Charge to Breakout Groups
(Evelyn Gaiser/Karen McGlathery)

Brainstorm topical areas and identify sub-questions that will stimulate discussion in smaller afternoon breakout groups. Potential products of smaller breakout groups include: cross-site synthesis papers based on existing data; development of working groups for new data analyses; plans for new collaborative science, including proposals and papers. Lead PIs and 2nd reps should come to meeting with 2-3 potential specific questions for cross-site collaborative work. Key questions identified by initial breakout groups need not be limited to that working group’s theme and can be integrative.

10:45 Initial Breakout Groups

  1. Water sustainability

  2. Sustainability of urban systems

  3. Coastal sustainability

  4. Sustainability of inland systems

  5. Sustainability theory and resilience

  6. Sustainability of rural ecosystems

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Breakout Group Report and Organization of Smaller Groups

1:30 Small Breakout Groups

3:30 Break

4:00 Small Breakout Group Reports and Synthesis

6:00 Dinner

7:00 LTER Business Meeting - Conference Hall (2nd reps also invited)
(Note the Draft Agenda and  the link to the proposed changes to LTER Bylaws and the  2011 SC Minutes up for approval below)

Friday, May 18th

8:00 Breakfast and departures - shuttles to Eugene



Logistic Schedule:

Monday - May 14 - Travel Day for LTER Executive Board and LNO Staff

  • Attendees fly into Eugene Airport - Mahlon Sweet Field - (EUG)
  • Airline Connections from Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Last Vegas, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Denver
  • Executive Board and LNO Staff housed on-site at the H.J. Andrews
  • Estimate 20 (max) participants

Tuesday - May 15 - Travel Day for LTER Science Council Participants, EB Meets, Evening Mixer

  • SC Attendees fly into Eugene Airport - Mahlon Sweet Field - (EUG)
  • Shuttles arranged for attendee pickup throughout the day - 1:15 travel time to LTER Site
  • Estimate 60 (max) additional participants housed in local hotels
  • Meals provided for EB and SC arrivals (simple fare for late arrivals)
  • Post-dinner Mixer - Salt Salmon Pavilion

Wednesday - May 16 - LTER Science Council  Meets, Field Trip, and Lead PI Meeting

  • Science Council Meeting in Conference Hall
  • Breakouts in Conference Hall, Fireplace room, McKee Lab, Library and Dorm living rooms.
  • Evening Reception after field trip - prior to dinner
  • Lead PI Meeting following dinner

Thursday - May 17- LTER Science Council  Meets, LTER Business Meeting

  • Science Coucil Meeting in Conference Hall
  • Breakouts in Conference Hall, Fireplace room, McKee Lab, Library and Dorm living rooms.
  • Evening Reception - prior to dinner
  • Business Meeting following dinner
  • Potential departures to Eugene for red-eye flights

Friday - May 18- LTER Science Council Departures

  • Morning Breakfast and box breakfasts
  • Shuttles to Eugene as needed



Attendees will fly into Eugene Airport - Mahlon Sweet Field - (EUG).  Arrange your travel by contacting Rio Grande Travel. 

Note that flights at "reasonable" times into Eugene are somewhat limited, so EARLY booking is recommended to avoid those that arrive very late and depart very early.

1 - Airline Travel:

  • Call or e-mail Rio Grande Travel with your requested arrival/departure schedule through Eugene  -  (request to speak with a UNM representative and alert them that you are attending an LTER hosted meeting). Contact info: corporate@rgtravel.com, by phone 1-800-778-6861 or local: (505) 768-7979.  Rio Grande will contact the Network office for authorization and payment.  You will need to approve your itinerary once it has been set up by Rio Grande Travel.
  • You may also purchase the airline ticket yourself and e-mail your itinerary to . Airfare will be reimbursed at an equivalent dollar value of an economy/coach ticket purchased through Rio Grande Travel.
  • If you are driving you will be reimbursed at $.50/mile.  You will only be able to be reimbursed up to the price of a round trip ticket.
  • Shuttles have been arranged for transportation to and from, Eugene Airport.  Costs for rental cars will not be reimbursed.
  • If you have any travel problems while en-route, A special number has been set up so you can correct travel / shuttle connections - CALL 541 822-6318.

2 - Meeting Registration:

Meeting attendees will need to register for transportation and housing via the OSU Conferences Services Website: https://conferences.bus.oregonstate.edu/Conference/lter-site-council-meeting/registration 

Please register by May 1, 2012 so that transportation and shuttle arrangements can be organized.

Driving directions to the H.J. Andrews Headquarters can be found at this link:


May 14, 2012 - May 18, 2012
George Garcia
(505) 277.2551
H.J. Andrews (AND) LTER Site
USFS Road 15-130-132 P.O. Box 300
Blue River, OR 97413
United States
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