A successful graduate student collaboration that began at the 2009 All Scientists Meeting (ASM) Graduate Student Symposium has recently resulted in a publication! The group, led by Todd Robinson (formerly of KBS), examined the effects of intra-annual precipitation on productivity across a broad range of LTER sites, from forests to tundra. After meeting at ASM, the group successfully applied for funding from the LNO to meet at KBS to hammer out the details of the data analysis and compile datasets. Then a few students took the lead on analyzing the data, while others wrote up the results. The paper is now featured on the Oikos blog (http://oikosjournal.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/its-raining-again/) and the full manuscript can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20655.x/abstract.
Keep in mind that the next deadline for working group proposals is October 15th. I highly encourage all of you to apply!