26 August 2015

ESA 2015 Follow Up Urban Ecology Article & Video

Following the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, Nature writer Daniel Chessey has written an article about urban ecology.

Chessey stressed the growing interest in studying urban ecology and the increased number of presentations, symposiums and other events highlighting urban ecology at this year’s ESA Annual Meeting.

This is a great article which includes brief comments from Steward Pickett and Nancy Grimm, directors of the two NSF LTER urban sites, as well as comments from several others studying urban ecology.

Here is the link:

Here is a link to the ESA website to view the video and brief article: Ecology in a changing world: ESA100


Save the Date! 2015 BES Annual Meeting & Open House 20-21 October

Save the date for the 2015 Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) Long-Term Ecological Research Program Annual Meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20-21 October and the BES Open House on 20 October.

New this year: After many years of sharing a combined event—the BES Open House and Greening Celebration—the BES Open House will follow the Annual Meeting while the Greening Celebration will be a scheduled as a separate event.  This change allows us to both honor the opening of the Parks & People Foundation’s new Sally & Butch Michel Center, and focus more closely on the relations of BES with the Baltimore civic and environmental communities.

The Annual Meeting is designed to share the technical scientific results of the project with BES researchers, educators, local, state and federal agency representatives while also being open to the media, and interested community members.  Location: Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Visitor Center, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore.

The BES Open House, a joint gathering by BES and the Parks & People Foundation is an informal venue to share project information and results.  This event highlights BES research and activity for local city, state, federal agency representatives as well as regional community leaders, educators, students, non-BES researchers, NGOs, artists, and designers, media and others who may not be familiar with BES.  Location: the Parks & People Foundation’s new Sally & Butch Michel Center, 2100 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217.

20 October: Annual Meeting starts 9:00 am with Welcome, Keynote, and talks; Poster lightening round 11:30; lunch break 12:00-1:00; Poster Session 1:00-3:30; afternoon talks 3:30-4:45; BES Open House 5:00 pm.

21 October: Presentations begin at 9:00 am ending approximately at noon.

There is no fee to attend these meetings.

Further detail about meeting registration, submission of abstracts for talks and posters as well as meal options will be forthcoming in a few weeks.

We encourage all participants and collaborators in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study to present a talk or poster at the Annual Meeting, as well as to attend the Open House.


Steward T.A. Pickett
Project Director

Emma Rosi-Marshall
Director Designate

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