24 August 2015

New LTER National Communications Office

Below are two emails.  One from Peter Groffman, Chair, LTER Executive Committee regarding the new LTER office.  The second is from Frank Davis, at NCEAS who will lead the new LTER National Communications office

 As many of you have already heard, NSF has chosen the new LTER National Communications Office to be  operated by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, with Frank Davis as the principal investigator: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135850&org=NSF&from=news

First, congratulations to the team at NCEAS!  The new office will take advantage of NCEAS’s expertise in supporting multisite collaboration and synthetic research, graduate training and environmental science communication. Over the past 20 years, NCEAS has had a transformative effect on the way that ecological information is organized, synthesized and applied.  It is very exciting to now apply their experience and expertise to the LTER network.

Second, a huge thanks and acknowledgement to Bob Waide and the staff at the current LTER Network Office for their decades of effective and dedicated leadership and devotion to the network. Their skilled stewardship has built LTER into one of the most visible and effective scientific networks in the world and has been responsible for much of our success in science, education, outreach and the development of the culture of multi-disciplinary research.

There will be a working group session about the new office at the LTER All Scientists Meeting on Monday, August 31 from 6:45 to 8:00 PM in the Ruesch Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies.

Peter M. Groffman

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Millbrook, NY

First, thanks to Peter Groffman for his gracious welcome to the new LTER National Communications Office, which will be operated at NCEAS beginning October 1 of this year. I speak for the entire UCSB team in saying we are excited about the opportunity and we look forward to working with you!

We know we have very large shoes to fill. Bob Waide and the LNO staff have been integral to the LTER network for many years and have served you well. We will be working closely with the LNO over the coming months as we assume responsibility for LTER network communication, synthesis and training activities.

I hope to connect with many of you at the ASM later this month. Carol Blanchette and I will co-lead the working group session on Monday 8/31 from 6:45 to 8:45 PM. We have much to learn and will use this session to hear from you about your needs, priorities, and ideas for catalyzing synthesis and communication across the network.


Frank W. Davis, Director
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 

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