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Graduate student Matthew Kaylor studies fish in streams at the Andrews Forest. Photo 2013, by Lina DiGregorio.

We welcome your involvement in the group of graduate students associated with the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. The purpose of this group is to keep you connected to opportunities and events (social events, HJA Symposium, HJA Day, LTER monthly meetings, job openings, etc.) and to keep you in contact with your peers-graduate students from many disciplines. Our goal is to be an inclusive group and we welcome anyone interested in becoming involved in the Andrews Forest LTER program.

Get Connected to the Long Term Ecological Network-National and International

Long Term Ecological Network sites exist across the country and around the world. These sites provide an opportunity for students to become involved in long term, integrated research. Advantages to participating as an LTER graduate student include opportunities for networking, travel, use of long-term data sets, learning new technologies, and becoming part of a network of interdisciplinary researchers and students.

Scientific Meetings and Travel

HJA Day, is an annual field gathering at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Activities include field trips to research sites in the Andrews Forest and opportunities to learn from and network with researchers, land managers, and other graduate students.

Andrews Forest Symposium. The symposium, held on the OSU campus, provides an opportunity for the broader research community to become aware of and involved in Andrews Forest research, and serves as a venue for graduate students to interact with the larger research community. The symposium features a poster session of recent research, and oral presentations synthesizing research findings.

LTER All-Scientists Meeting (ASM), is a gathering, meeting, and conference for all LTER participants, held in September every third year, in Estes Park, Colorado. The Andrews LTER program often supports several graduate students to attend the ASM.


The Andrews LTER program provides opportunities for training and development including workshops on data management, emerging technologies, experimental design, grant writing, and the incorporation of broader impacts into your research.

Job and Funding Opportunities

Through our email lists, we advertise job and funding opportunities for the Andrews Forest, the LTER Network, the OSU research community, and beyond. Some opportunities are listed online.

How to Get Involved

Join the Andrews Forest graduate student group by contacting a Graduate Student Representative or the Andrews Forest LTER Coordinator.

Become a member of the Andrews Forest LTER program. You will be placed on email lists which are used to communicate messages relating to the Andrews LTER community, graduate student activities and events, and meeting notices.

Do Research at the site and/or use data from the Andrews Forest. It is easy to begin a field project at the Andrews Forest and tap into the extensive datasets to enrich and broaden the scope of your research project. These data include decades worth of climate and hydrological data, GIS maps, species lists and vegetation data that are available on the web. As an Andrews Forest researcher, it is important to follow the research guidelines before establishing new research projects. See the Conducting Research page for more information.

Attend LTER Meetings. A great way to be involved and stay informed is to attend the LTER Monthly Meetings. At these meetings, held the first Friday of each month (except during the summer), current events that involve the HJA are discussed, including important announcements, proposals, publications, funding opportunities, safety issues, and graduate student news and views. Watch the news and events page or the Andrews Forest Facebook page for upcoming meetings, talks, and events.