2015 LTER Science Council Meeting

2015 LTER Science Council Meeting
May 13-14 Harvard Forest
(Travel dates May 12 (May 11 for Executive Board), Departures May 15)

Theme: Insights Into Long Term Patterns Of Change Of Inorganic Nutrients

With last year’s Science Council (SC) meeting we began a focus on LTER Core Areas with presentations and discussions of primary production. The meeting was productive and stimulating. Discussions resulted in followup activities and synthesis, including plans for presentations at the  LTER MiniSymposium at NSF.

The 2015 SC Meeting will continue the emphasis on core areas, with this year’s focus on inorganic nutrients. Participants will synthesize and highlight ways that Long Term research has improved our understanding of the patterns and movements of inorganic nutrients.

As for last year, sites are asked to provide a 5 minute, 3 slide overview and synopsis of: How is LTER advancing our understanding of the dynamics and controls of inorganic nutrients? In these talks we will ask you to identify research and a key finding from your sites and possible topics for cross site synthesis. Following the presentations, we will have breakout groups for in depth discussions of topics such as those below (to be modified based on presentations received prior to the meeting and your suggestions):

  • Greenhouse gas emissions / Ecosystem role in climate-change feedbacks
  • Hydrologic and marine transport, transformation, and retention on inorganic nutrients
  • Soil/sediment N, P, and organic C dynamics including coupled biogeochemical processes
  • Role of nutrients in controlling primary production and species composition/diversity

    Other suggestions welcome!

There are several potential outcomes of discussions. One will be to identify topics for follow-on ASM workshops at Estes Park (Aug 31-Sep 3, 2015), which will provide the opportunity to broaden discussions to others at your site.

By April 21: we will need presentations (in order to further refine breakout group topics), names of presenter, and suggestions for alternative or additional discussion topics. If you would like to volunteer to be group leader/moderator for a topic, please let us know.

Let us know if questions - we’re looking forward to a great meeting!

2015 SC Program Committee
Emma Rosi-Marshall, rosimarshalle@caryinstitute.org; Sherri Johnson, sherrijohnson@fs.fed.us, Nancy Grimm, nbgrimm@asu.edu; and Phil Robertson, robert30@msu.edu.


AGENDA - LTER Science Council

Harvard Forest

May 12-15, 2015


Monday EB arrival

Dine on way from airport or near Petersham



0700-0800            Breakfast

0900-1200            EB meet   

1200-1330            Lunch   

1330-1600            EB meet   

1700-1830            Mixer   

1830-2030            Dinner



0700-0800            Breakfast

0800-0830            Groffman introduction   

0830-1000            Prepared presentations: Inorganic Nutrients: Syntheses and Cross site comparisons   

                             Introduction – LTER core area discussions to  foster cross site collaborati

1000-1030            Break   

1030-1200            Presentations of Site’s Syntheses, continued

                             Planning for breakout groups on Thursday

1200-1300            Lunch   

1300-1600            Field trip

1700-1800            Mixer   

1800-1900            Dinner   

1900-2000            NSF presentation - Saran Twombly



0700-0800            Breakfast

0800-0830            Review of expectations   

0830-1030            Breakout groups 

                            Suggested sessions and possible moderators

  1.   Uptake and retention of inorganic nutrients (Karen McGlathery)
  2.   Transport and transformation of inorganic nutrients across ecosystems (Anne Giblin)
  3.   Coupled biogeochemical processes and stoichiometry - N, P, and organic C dynamics (Steve Hamilton)
  4.   Role of nutrients and stoichiometry in controlling primary production and species composition/diversity  (Eric Seabloom)

1030-1100            Break   

1100-1130            Progress report   

1130-1200            Presentation from CZO   

1200-1300            Lunch   

1300-1500            Breakout groups

  1.    Greenhouse gas emissions / Ecosystem role in climate-change feedbacks  (Whendee Silver)
  2.    Investigation of long term data using new approaches and models (Ed Rastetter)
  3.    Rethinking Gibbs in human dominated waters  (Emily Stanley)

1500-1530            Break   

1530-1600            Report out

What hypotheses did you come up with and what data would you use?

Describe next steps, including proposals for ASM meeting – leader, title – and or other working group options (SESYNC, Powell Center)?

Is this a good topic for NSF Mini symposium next winter? Title of talk?

Could this develop into Synthesis paper? Who is contact for people who want to join in?


1600-1700            Discussion and next steps   

1700-1800            Mixer and continued discussion   

1800-1900            Dinner   

1900-2130            Business meeting   



0700-0800            Breakfast

0800-1100            LPI meeting   

1100-1130            Review of action items   

1130-1230            Lunch and departures


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

May 13, 2015 - May 15, 2015
John Vande Castle
(505) 507.7844
Harvard Forest LTER
324 North Main Street
Petersham, MA
United States
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