The 2015 KBS LTER annual All Scientist Meeting was a special symposium to celebrate 25 years of research in agricultural ecology. The celebration was held at the Kellogg Conference Center at MSU main campus in East Lansing on April 15 and 16, and commemorated past achievements with the publication of the first KBS LTER synthesis book by Oxford University Press and looked to the future with discussions of proposed initiatives for the forthcoming decades of KBS LTER research.
Invited speakers helped frame discussions:
- Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C: Global perspectives on food security and environmental sustainability
- Emily Stanley, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI: On the receiving end: Ecology of streams draining agricultural landscapes
- Teja Tscharntke, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany: Multiple biodiversity services in changing agricultural landscapes
- Laurie Drinkwater, Cornell University, Ithaca NY:Understanding the devious nitrogen cycle: Are we there yet?
In addition, KBS LTER scientists shared syntheses from 25 years of KBS LTER research:
- Phil Robertson, KBS and Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU: The first 25 years – what have we learned?
- Jen Lau and Kay Gross, KBS and Dept. of Plant Biology, MSU: Unraveling the responses to fertilization in plant communities: Ecological and evolutionary insights
- Steve Hamilton, KBS and Dept. of Zoology, MSU: Agricultural landscapes viewed from a biogeochemical perspective
- Doug Landis, Dept. of Entomology, MSU: A long-term perspective on insect biodiversity & ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes
- Tom Schmidt, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Michigan: Microbial community dynamics and long-term trends in the flux of greenhouse gases
- Sieg Snapp, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU: Managing more with biology in row-crop agriculture
- Scott Swinton, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU: Farmer decisions that shape agro-ecosystem outcomes.
The symposium began with a poster reception, dinner, and opening keynote address on the evening of Wednesday, April 15 and continued with a full day of events on Thursday, April 16 that featured additional keynote talks from invited speakers, presentations by KBS LTER investigators, and afternoon breakout sessions that provided opportunities for participants to interact with speakers and to help define future directions for KBS LTER research. A banquet dinner was held on the evening of Thursday, April 16 and was attended by the invited speakers, authors of the synthesis book, and special guests.
Meeting held on: 2015-04-15