2014 LTER Science Council Meeting

LTER Executive Board and Science Council Meetings
Konza Prairie LTER
Manhattan, KS
May 13-16, 2013

The 2014 LTER Science Council meeting will be held 12-16 May 2014, hosted by the Konza Prairie LTER - Konza LTER Program, Division of Biology, 116 Ackert Hall, Kansas State University


  • May 12: Travel Day LTER Executive Board
    • Early Arrivals - Dinner on your own

  • May 13: Travel Day for LTER Science Council
    • 7:00 AM Executive Board Breakfast - (Hilton Garden Inn: Room B-Big Blue River)
    • 8:00 AM Executive Board meets
    • 10:00 AM Break
    • 12:00PM - Executive Board -Lunch at hotel
    • 3:00PM - Break
    • 5:00PM - Executive Board and early Science Council arrivals - Dinner on your own

  • May 14 Science Council Meeting - Hilton Garden Inn:Room B & C-Big Blue River/F
    • 7:00 AM Breakfast
    • 8:00 Introductions - Scott Collins and Bob Waide, First Half of Site Presentations
    • 9:30 - Break
    • 10:00 - Second half of site presentations, review, discussion and formation of working group topics
    • 12:00 PM Lunch
    • 1:00 PM - Working Group Discussion
    • 2:00 PM Working Groups
    • 3:00 PM - Break
    • 5:00 PM Cash Bar
    • 6:00 PM LTER Business Meeting and Dinner - Hotel

  • May 15 Konza: Field Trip and Meeting
    • 7:00 - 7:45 AM - Grab'n Go Breakfast at Hotel
    • 8:00 AM -Depart for morning: field trip to Konza Prairie
    • 12:00 PM -Lunch (box lunches at Konza)
    • Afternoon: LTER Science Council meets at Konza
    • 1:00 PM- Meeting theme -NPP discussion and breakouts
    • 2:30 PM-Break
    • 2:45 PM Meetings and Breakouts
    • 5:00 PM Return to Hotel
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Reception and dinner - Flint Hills Discovery Center

  • May 16-Hilton Garden Inn:Room C-Fort Riley
    • 8:00 AM - Grab'n Go Breakfast and Lead PI meeting
    • 12:00 PM Departures - Box lunches


    Agenda (DRAFT)
    LTER Science Council Business Meeting May 14, 2014
    Host: Konza Prairie LTER
    Room B & C Big Blue River/F
    Hilton Garden Inn
    Manhattan, KS


    1. Roll call

    2. Approval of May 2013 Minutes (1 minute)

    3. NSF Report – Saran Twombly (60 minutes)

    4. Report from Chair – Scott Collins (10 minutes)

    5. Report from Executive Director of LNO – Bob Waide (20 minutes)

    6. Election of a New Chair – (15 minutes)

    7. Higher Education Survey Results – Mary Spivey (15 minutes)

    8. Distributed Graduate Seminar proposal on Big and other sized Data – Collins (10 minutes)

    9. 2015 Minisymposium (15 minutes)

    • Call for theme (set by SC)
    • Call for organizers

    10. 2015 SC Meeting (15 minutes)

    • Host – Either CWT or HFR
    • Science theme – call for nominations
    • Planning committee – call for nominations

    11. Recognition and thanks (10 minutes)

    • Local SC Hosts (John Blair and Konza LTER)
    • SC Program Committee (Evelyn Gaiser and Mary Spivey – John Vande Castle, George Garcia and the rest of the LNO staff)
    • Outgoing EB members: John Blair, Dan Childers, Karen McGlathery. Emery Boose. Incoming sites: AND, PIE, HBR
    • Minisymposium Organizing Committee (Dave Foster, Nancy Grimm, Charlie Driscoll, Mark Ohman)
    • Outgoing committee chairs (Graduate Student, Marcia Nation - Communication)
    • Many many other committee members and chairs
    • Everyone for doing awesome science

    12. Adjourn

Science Council 2014 Science Theme: Advancing Ecology through the 5 Core Areas. Part 1 - Primary Production:

This year, we want to use the SC meeting to develop syntheses of LTER research accomplishments that will likely drive the theme for the annual Mini-symposium the following year. In other words, our synthesis efforts at the meeting in May may yield the theme and at least some of the presentations for the 2015 Mini-symposium.

Short site presentations from each site will focus on the Science Theme for the meeting. Each presentation will consists of THREE (3) slides using a consistent template providing requested material and information from each site. The template is provided in the links below.

The science agenda for the 2014 LTER Science Council meeting will focus on extracting and highlighting the ways in which long-term research has improved our ability to unravel the changing drivers of ecological dynamics. One distinguishing characteristic of the LTER Network is the requirement that sites focus research around five core areas: (1) Patterns and control of primary production, (2) spatial and temporal distribution of populations to represent trophic structure, (3) pattern and control of organic matter accumulation in surface layers and sediments, (4) patterns of inorganic input and movements through soils, groundwater and surface waters, and (5) patterns and frequency of disturbance to the research site. As noted in Callahan (1984), "these core research areas were intended to serve as organizing foci for individual long-term projects and to direct attention to areas for productive comparison among projects." It is time to re-visit Tom Callahan's vision for LTER 30 years later.

Building from the LTER core research areas, the theme for this year's Science Council meeting hosted by Konza Prairie centers on long-term changes in the regulation of primary production (or primary producer community composition) with a long-term vision of extending this process into all five core areas during future Science Council meetings. Sites will be challenged to provide a 3-slide synopsis in advance of the meeting that addresses the question: "How is LTER advancing our understanding of the dynamics and controls of primary productivity in a changing world?" If your coolest new discoveries are in other core areas, feel free to highlight those instead, with an eye toward developing future cross-site core area syntheses. To maintain consistency, more details on the exact structure of your slide sets will be forthcoming. After hearing from each site, we will break out into thematic teams whose charge will be to develop testable hypotheses about the regulation of primary production across sites that will fuel focused, cross-site synthesis on the cutting-edge of contemporary ecological theory. Potential break-out groups might address topics such as the ways in which altered climate, nutrient enrichment, species change and land cover change have altered the dynamics and controls of NPP. Please keep this theme in mind when selecting participants for the upcoming SC meeting. The goal is to reveal the ways in which LTER site science is driving the field of ecology forward within the core areas, and to further advance our disciplines by stimulating new, focal cross-site activities.

--- Please contact the LTER Network Office if you have any questions !!! --- (505) 277-2551
LTER Network Office
UNM Department of Biology
MSC03 2020
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131

May 12, 2014 - May 16, 2014
John Vande Castle
(505) 269.6957
Hilton Garden Inn - Manhatten
410 South 3rd Street
Manhattan, KS 66502
United States
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