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Research Project: MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF WESTERN RANGELANDS

Location: Range Management Research

Title: Tales from an LTER "Lifer"

Author
item Peters, Debra - Deb

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/8/2015
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This essay is part of a collection in a book of personal overviews written by members of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) community. The essay provides the bibliographic context including the LTER site-affiliation(s) and duration(s) of involvement in LTER; a brief history of the nature of involvement at LTER sites (e.g., PI, co-PI, senior personnel, post-doctoral fellow); a brief history of the nature of involvement in the LTER network; an overview of the nature of the current scientific position; an overview of disciplinary background; and a statement of the significant contributions to site-specific or cross-site understanding. The essay describes how Peters' approach to science, value of short-and long-term research, and role of collaboration among scientists has been shaped by her involvement at three LTER sites since 1984. her leadership and proposal writing skill sets have been refined through her interactions at these LTER sites. She also describes her personal consequences through the international trips that were part of the LTER, and how those experiences have shaped her appreciation for conditions in the US. She finishes with recommendations for mentoring future leaders in the LTER, and deadling with fixed budgets and changing expectations.

Technical Abstract: This essay is part of a collection in a book of personal overviews written by members of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) community. The essay provides the bibliographic context including the LTER site-affiliation(s) and duration(s) of involvement in LTER; a brief history of the nature of involvement at LTER sites (e.g., PI, co-PI, senior personnel, post-doctoral fellow); a brief history of the nature of involvement in the LTER network; an overview of the nature of the current scientific position; an overview of disciplinary background; and a statement of the significant contributions to site-specific or cross-site understanding. The essay describes how Peters' approach to science, value of short-and long-term research, and role of collaboration among scientists has been shaped by her involvement at three LTER sites since 1984. her leadership and proposal writing skill sets have been refined through her interactions at these LTER sites. She also describes her personal consequences through the international trips that were part of the LTER, and how those experiences have shaped her appreciation for conditions in the US. She finishes with recommendations for mentoring future leaders in the LTER, and deadling with fixed budgets and changing expectations.