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Society and Ecological Change Is Topic of National Science Foundation Forum

Sustainability of Earth's ecosystems highlight of sixth annual symposium on long-term ecological research

Sustainability of Earth's ecosystems highlights sixth Long-Term Ecological Research symposium.

Sustainability of Earth's ecosystems highlights sixth Long-Term Ecological Research symposium.

February 28, 2007

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On Thursday, March 8, 2007, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold its sixth annual mini-symposium on Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER). This year's forum focuses on understanding the interactions between society and ecological change, and how they are linked to sustainability of Earth's ecosystems.

The symposium will feature talks on wildfires in Alaska's boreal forests; landscape changes in the northeastern United States over time; ecosystems in urban regions like Baltimore; and interactions between humans and the marine environment. A highlight of the symposium will be a presentation on the bioeconomics of biofuels and how grassland restoration is linked to renewable energy. 

The LTER network comprises 26 field sites located primarily in the United States, but with a geographic span from the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropics. The sites represent Earth's major ecosystems, and include deserts, grasslands, forests, tundra, urban areas, agricultural systems, freshwater lakes, coastal estuaries and salt marshes, coral reefs and coastal ocean zones.

Who:        James Collins, NSF Assistant Director for Biological Sciences

                Henry Gholz, NSF Program Director for Long-Term Ecological Research

                LTER Scientists (please see link to detailed agenda)

What:       Mini-symposium on results of Long-Term Ecological Research

When:      Thursday, March 8, 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where:    National Science Foundation

               4201 Wilson Blvd.

               Room 110

               Arlington, VA  22230


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