2015 KBS LTER Symposium

Farming for Ecosystem Services: New Directions for 

Long-term Ecological Research in Agriculture

April 15 & 16, 2015

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing MI


The 2015 KBS LTER annual All Scientist Meeting is a special symposium to celebrate 25 years of research in agricultural ecology. The celebration will commemorate past achievements with the publication of the first KBS LTER synthesis book by Oxford University Press and will look to the future with discussions of proposed initiatives for the next decade of KBS LTER research. For a complete agenda, CLICK HERE.

Four invited speakers will help to frame discussions:

  • Global perspectives on food security and environmental sustainabilityMark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C.
  • On the receiving end: Ecology of streams draining agricultural landscapesEmily Stanley, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
  • Multiple biodiversity services in changing agricultural landscapesTeja Tscharntke, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany
  • Understanding the devious nitrogen cycle: Are we there yet?, Laurie Drinkwater, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

In addition, scientists will share syntheses from 25 years of KBS LTER research:

  • The first 25 years – what have we learned?, Phil Robertson, KBS and Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU
  • Unraveling the responses to fertilization in plant communities: Ecological and evolutionary insights, Kay Gross, KBS and Dept. of Plant Biology, MSU
  • Agricultural landscapes viewed from a biogeochemical perspective, Steve Hamilton, KBS and Dept. of Zoology, MSU
  • A long-term perspective on insect biodiversity & ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, Doug Landis, Dept. of Entomology, MSU
  • Microbial community dynamics and long-term trends in the flux of greenhouse gases, Tom Schmidt, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Michigan
  • Managing more with biology in row-crop agriculture, Sieg Snapp, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, MSU
  • Farmer decisions that shape agro-ecosystem outcomes, Scott Swinton, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU

The symposium will begin with a poster reception, dinner, and opening keynote address on Wednesday, April 15 (4:00–9:00pm) and will continue on Thursday, April 16 (8:00am–5:00pm) starting with a continental breakfast at 7:30am. This full day of events will feature additional keynote talks from invited speakers, presentations by KBS LTER investigators, and an afternoon breakout session that will provide opportunities for participants to interact with speakers and to help define future directions for KBS LTER research. For a detailed agenda, CLICK HERE.


Please submit a poster to share your research. A 4′ wide space will be reserved for each poster. Larger posters can be accommodated, just let us know. Please provide complete details of your poster by filing out the form available here.

Registration, Meals, and Accommodations

Registration is required. We are sorry, but REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  If you have questions about the symposium or changes to your registration, please contact Jane Schuette (schuett2@msu.edu).

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!