Sustaining Long-Term Ecological Research: Perspectives from Inside the LTER Program

Merryl Alber, John Blair, Charles T. Driscoll, Hugh Ducklow, Timothy Fahey, William R. Fraser, John E. Hobbie, David M. Karl, Sharon E. Kingsland, Alan Knapp, Edward B. Rastetter, Timothy Seastedt, Gaius R. Shaver, Robert B. Waide

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemChapter

2 Scopus citations


Principal Investigators from several sites within the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program offer their insights about how long-term research has been effectively sustained from periods ranging from 20 to 40 years. The sites are: Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire), Konza Prairie (Kansas), Niwot Ridge (Colorado), Arctic (Alaska), Palmer Station (Antarctica), and Georgia Coastal Ecosystems (Georgia). The main themes discussed include: the importance of a strong foundation and common vision, creating a culture of collaboration and cooperation, showing the relevance of research to societal needs, managing conflict resolution, encouraging innovation, facilitating an exchange of ideas, working to build collaborations, willingness to adopt new management structures, and careful attention to transitions in leadership. The conclusion summarizes themes based on this chapter as well as other chapters in the book.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchimedes
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages36
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1385-0180
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0064


  • LTER Program
  • Long-term ecological research
  • Program sustainability
  • Scientific collaboration
  • Scientific culture
  • Scientific leadership
  • Team science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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