Guide for New LTER Graduate Students

Guide for New LTER Graduate Students

Welcome to the LTER network! You are now working in a network made up of scientists, students, and staff from 26 LTER sites representing diverse ecosystems and research questions. In this guide, we would like to provide you with information that should help you have a successful career as an LTER student.

Get connected!

  1. Get in the network database and your site's database and on appropriate listservs to make sure you are getting all of the information you are entitled to—you should be receiving email from the LTER network office and your particular site. The best way to make sure you are in these databases is to be in contact with the graduate student site representative and/or the information manager for your site. If you are not on the list, you will miss important opportunities that you should know. And we assure you, you will not get lots of spam!
  2. Familiarize yourself with the LTER program. Check out these websites:
    1. Public website (
    2. LTER graduate student website (to be updated soon!
    3. LTER private website (
    4. Site specific website (see list of sites on the LTER websites)
    5. LTER network office (LNO) website (
  3. Familiarize yourself with LTER research and using/sharing LTER data.
    1. What data is available to you from your site, and across the LTER network?
    2. Is there work similar to yours being done at another site, or is there an opportunity for you to do cross-site research?
    3. Get to know the PIs at your site early! They know the literature, previous research and possible ideas for research questions.
    4. Get to know your Information Manager (IM) who is in charge of your site's data .

Get involved!

  1. Leadership opportunities
    1. Graduate student site representative
    2. LTER Graduate Student Committee co-chair
  2. Networking opportunities
    1. Within your site at your annual meetings
    2. With other LTER students at the Graduate Student Symposia
    3. With the whole network at the Triennial All Scientist Meetings