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From Long-Term Data to Understanding: Toward a Predictive Ecology
2015 LTER ASM Estes Park, CO - August 30 - September 2, 2015

The Value of Long-Term Ecological Research

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What is the value of long-term ecological research – as articulated by the long-term ecological research community itself?  35 years into LTER seems like a good time to assess our communities’ perceived value of long-term ecological research, and also our ability to communicate that value to wider audiences.  These matters seem especially relevant in light of persistent questions and even dispute over the value of long-term ecological research in the broader scientific community.

This working group will be broken into two sessions over two days.  At the first session we will work in small groups to brainstorm and articulate the importance of long-term ecological research.  Workshop leaders will compile results from the first session, and during the second session will report back and lead a follow-up discussion.  This working group is part of a larger project to explicitly articulate and analyze arguments for long-term ecological research.

Michael Nelson
Hannah Gosnell
Chelsea Batavia
Number of 2 hour sessions requested: 
Equipment requested: 
projector, a room with moveable chairs, and ideally tables (preferably round) that are small enough for group conversations (I'm not sure the rooms below accomplish this so please let me know).
Additional Comments: 
I selected, or tried to, working group sessions 4 and 7 below.
Room Assignment: 
Longs Peak Chasm Lake – (Capacity 110)