A new volume in the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Book Series, Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge, edited by Harvard Forest (HFR) LTER lead Principal Investigator David Foster and co-authored by seven HFR research colleagues, will be released in April by Yale University Press.
A new book edited by U.S. Forest Service emeritus scientist Wayne Swank and Virginia Tech professor Jack Webster and published by Oxford University Press brings together findings from more than 30 years of collaborative research by the Forest Service and the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program on the Coweeta Experimental Forest (Coweeta) near Otto, North Carolina.
This book is a comprehensive guide to the natural history of the North Slope, the only arctic tundra in the United States. The first section provides detailed information on climate, geology, landforms, and ecology. The second provides a guide to the identification and natural history of the common animals and plants and a primer on the human prehistory of the region from the Pleistocene through the mid-twentieth century.
Poised between soil and sky, forest canopies represent a critical point of exchange between the atmosphere and the earth, yet until recently, they remained a largely unexplored frontier. For a long time, problems with access and the lack of tools and methods suitable for monitoring these complex bioscapes made canopy analysis extremely difficult. Fortunately, canopy research has advanced dramatically in recent decades.
Several Andrews Forest LTER veterans recently published the paper "Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness" in the journal "Science", based on analysis from 48 meadow and grassland sites in five continents, including Lookout and Bunchgrass meadows in and near the Andrews Forest. Lead authors Peter Adler (Utah State Univ. and REU student at Andrews in 1993) and Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom (Univ. of Minnesota, formerly at OSU) led a large team which found that the widely-cited theory that the number of species rises then declines with increasing productivity is not substantiated by field observations.