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KBS LTER Site Use Policy

The KBS LTER site is maintained as a national research facility available to all scientists with a legitimate research interest. Access to the site is limited in order to protect the integrity of existing experiments, but the project welcomes further experiments and sampling activities that:

  1. are relevant to the overall project goals of understanding ecological interactions in agricultural systems and landscapes,
  2. that are best answered in a stable long-term experimental setting such as that provided by the LTER site, and
  3. that meet the LTER project’s terms of use policy

Site Use Request Form

Sampling and the installation of experiments usually requires the submission of a short LTER Site Use Request Form (SURF). This form should be completed and submitted to LTER Project Manager Stacey VanderWulp at least four weeks prior to the desired starting date to allow time for review by the project staff, and (as warranted) the Executive Committee (quicker turnaround is possible if requested). For work on the GLBRC site at KBS a GLBRC Site Use Request should be sent to the GLBRC Project Manager Sarah Roley.

It is not usually necessary to submit a SURF for one-time samplings for pilot experiments or other ad hoc purposes. These samplings can be arranged with the Project Manager. In most cases soil and plant samples collected as part of normal project activities (weekly to monthly samplings) can be provided immediately (stored samples) or on the next sampling date. If special sampling effort is required, the Project Manager will consult with the Project Director for permission to sample and complete an abbreviated site use request form for this sampling.

Investigators using the KBS LTER site or samples or data from the site are obligated to acknowledge support from the NSF LTER Program.

Research Facilities

KBS and the LTER project provide a wide variety of research facilities both in the field and laboratory to assist in conducting your research.

Information Management

The KBS LTER provides facilities for long-term archiving and online access to scientific data through its Data Catalog. Researchers must adhere to policies for the submission of research data and metadata. For more information, contact Sven Bohm, LTER Information Manager.

Researchers are encouraged to submit published data to Dryad; many journals require access to the published data, it allows the researcher to cite their data package and it makes sharing your published data easy.   Click here for instructions on submitting your LTER or GLBRC publication data to Dryad.

Letter of Support for Grant Proposals

If you are submitting a grant proposal and would like to include a letter granting preliminary permission to use the site, please email KBS LTER Science Coordinator Neville Millar noting the names of PIs, the tentative title of the proposal, the funding agency, and a brief description of the proposed project and sample requirements. Be sure to include a full mailing address and the date desired so the support letter can be appropriately detailed and therefore stronger. Include sample text in your request if you would like the letter to make specific points. Our return letter will be provided in pdf format via email. The letter will provide permission pending submission and approval of the Site Use Request Form (as noted above) once the project is funded.

Housing and Accommodations

Short and long-term housing is available for visiting researchers and staff. To request reservations, researchers must have an approved Site Use Request Form. Please visit the Kellogg Biological Station’s website for information on housing and accommodations at http://www.kbs.msu.edu/visit/conference-center/visiting-researcher-rates.

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