Jornada LTER

PhD Student Molly Reichenborn Finishes a Successful Term as a LTER Graduate Writing Fellow

Jornada PhD student, Molly Reichenborn, just finished her time as a 2022 writing fellow. Every year, only a handful of graduate students from across the LTER network are selected to participate in the LTER Network Graduate Writing Fellowship program. If selected, fellows are paid to write stories about LTER science, with story topics ranging from …

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2023 Annual Desert Ecology Short-Course

The 2023 annual Jornada LTER Desert Ecology Short-Course took place at the Jornada Experimental Range from June 27-29, 2023. It was well-attended by over 60 graduate students, Jornada researchers, and visitors from other universities and LTER sites. This year’s short-course included student presentations, field visits, and exciting brainstorming sessions to plan the future of the …

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Dr. Osvaldo Sala featured on the “In Their Own Words” BioScience Podcast

In the modern era, scientists are often encouraged, if not required, to keep an objective view. Whether in writing, presentations, or discussion, scientists often remove opinions and anecdotal insights in favor of “professionalism.” While this approach can provide good data and remove bias, it also removes some humanity from the research. It is only occasionally …

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Grazing on Drylands: A Global Approach

Around 77% of global agricultural land is dedicated to grazing livestock and many of these rangelands overlap with the Earth’s driest regions. Grazing has many beneficial effects such as reducing fire fuel loads, enhancing primary production, and increasing plant diversity. However, under certain conditions, grazing can also cause rangeland degradation and desertification. Little research has …

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