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

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Abstract

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
Pages81-116
Number of pages36
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameArchimedes
Volume59
ISSN (Print)1385-0180
ISSN (Electronic)2215-0064

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy

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