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KBS LTER Part of Research Network Celebrating More Than 30 Years of Key Ecological Findings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jenny Smith   
Friday, 06 April 2012 11:59

KBS-LTER_StepnitzThe Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network was established more than 30 years ago. This important milestone is marked by a series of six papers released in the April issue of the scientific journal BioScience. In the series, teams of scientists drawn from across LTER take stock of the contributions and future directions of the nation's largest and longest running ecological research network. The KBS LTER, led by Dr. Phil Robertson, joined the network in 1988 and is the only site in the Network investigating field crop agriculture. Robertson, lead author of the first article, notes the importance of long-term research at KBS and other working-land sites in this era of unprecedented environmental change. More information can be found on MSU's ANR Communications site.

KBS Receives LTER Renewal Grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jenny Smith   
Monday, 18 April 2011 13:56

The Kellogg Biological Station's Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) program has received a renewal grant of more than $5.6 million from the National Science Foundation.  The LTER program at KBS is part of a network of 26 LTER sites across the U.S., and is the only agricultural research site in the LTER network.

To read more about the LTER and the renewal grant, please read the MSU press release: http://news.msu.edu/staff-faculty/story/9222/

Dr. Phil Robertson Accepts Award on Behalf of LTER Network PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jenny Smith   
Monday, 07 June 2010 20:01

Dr. Phil Robertson, MSU Distinguished Professor of Crop and Soil Science at KBS, accepted a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) on behalf of the LTER Network.  Dr. Robertson is the Chair of the LTER Science Council and Executive Board and the Principal Investigator for the LTER site at the Kellogg Biological Station; he accepted the award in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 2010.

The LTER Network, which was founded in 1980 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), has significantly contributed to ecological research, specifically the long-term effects of environmental change on ecosystems.  The LTER is comprised of 26 sites around the world, all studying long-term ecological change.  The LTER site at KBS studies field crop ecosystems; KBS joined the LTER Network in 1988.

The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes the LTER’s unique role in studying ecosystems and its important contributions to the study of ecology.  For more information about the award ceremony, please see www.lternet.edu/news/Article285.html.

Biofuels White Papers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Doll   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 00:00

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has released several Reports on Biofuels and Sustainability.  One of the papers, Growing Plants for Fuel: Predicting Effects on Water, Soil and the Atmosphere, was co-authored by two KBS faculty members, Dr. Phil Robertson and Dr. Steve Hamilton.

These reports, which were reviewed by an Advisory Committee, are based upon scientific manuscripts initially presented at the Conference on the Ecological Dimension of Biofuels in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2008. The conference was hosted by the Ecological Society of America and sponsored by a consortium of other scientific organizations, nongovernmental organizations, federal agencies, and the private sector.


AAAS Symposium on Society and Environment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gwen Pearson   
Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:44
Science and society need to come together if we are to effectively address the pressing environmental challenges we now face, a Michigan State University professor told a symposium at this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. robertson1

Phil Robertson, chairperson of the National Science Foundation’s Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Network and University Distinguished Professor of crop and soil sciences, organized and moderated a session titled “Integrated Science for Society and the Environment.”

“Solutions to problems that range from climate change to over-exploitation of environmental resources to nitrogen pollution require more than knowledge about the biophysical environment or knowledge about how humans react to such problems,” said Robertson. “Knowledge is needed about the interface – how the biophysical and social domains interact.”

The goal of the symposium was to discuss LTER’s Integrative Science for Society and Environment (ISSE) framework, which was developed exactly with these kinds of issues in mind.

The LTER Network is composed of 26 NSF-funded sites which conduct basic research in ecology and environmental science. MSU hosts one of the sites at its W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.

The ISSE framework developed by LTER scientists seeks to understand societal and environmental links in ecosystems as varied as arctic tundra, eastern forests, deserts, croplands and cities. The marine, urban, and rangeland studies featured in the symposium demonstrated the value of an integrated, long term, comparative research program in socio-ecological research, and point to new policy options for managing environmental change.

Robertson noted that environmental research in the United States and elsewhere has traditionally been conducted in separate spheres with few formal interactions. In part, he said, this is due to the absence of a unifying framework that provides the potential to understand interactions and feedbacks.

“In particular, new frameworks are needed to help us understand how humans perceive the critical services provided by ecosystems, how these perceptions change behavior and institutions, and how behavioral and institutional change in turn feeds back to affect ecosystems and their ability to deliver future services.”


This news article originally appeared at MSU News; Contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations.

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