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January 13, 2006

NEXT MEETING: February 3.
ATTENDEES

Greg Downing, Top Pypker, Fred Swanson, Bree Benton, Linda Ashkenas, Bruce Caldwell, Jay Sexton, John Moreau, Randy Wildman, Dan Sobota, Theresa Valentine, Suzanne Remillard, Kathy Keable, Lina DiGregorio, Ted Dyrness, Jack Lattin, Judy Li, Holly Barnard, Craig Creel.

NEW FACES

Bree Benton is working with the SMILE program, an after school science and math program at OSU. They will be holding two teacher conferences and are seeking researchers to present their work to teachers, details below.

IMPORTANT DATES

The Andrews Annual Symposium will be February 8. Register and submit your abstract by February 3 by going to the heading "What's New" on the Andrews website - http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter.

The LTER All Scientists Meeting will be held September 20-23, 2006, in Estes Park, Colorado. Proposals accepted until February 15, 2006, at http://lternet.edu/asm/2006.

HJADaze will be Tuesday, June 20, 2006.

Safety Day will be Wednesday, June 21, 2006.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Andrews 8th Annual Symposium, Wednesday, February 8, 2006, Memorial Union, OSU Campus.

Morning Talks followed by an afternoon poster session. Please plan to present a poster of your Andrews LTER or Andrews-related research.

The theme of the symposium and the morning talks will be on the evolution of ideas. The four talks will be: Hydrology by Julia Jones; Forest stream interactions by Sherri Johnson; In-stream interactions by Stan Gregory; and Forest structure and composition by Jerry Franklin.

Register and submit your abstract by February 1 online at http://www.fsl.orst.edu/lter/pubs/annlsymp/annsymp.cfm?year=8 &mp topnav=43 . The External Advisory Committee will attend the symposium and a discussion the morning following the symposium.

REUs AND SUMMER JOBS

If you send job announcements, internships, or REU advertisements to Suzanne Remillard (suzanne.remillard@oregonstate.edu), she will get them posted on the Andrews website. Many students and summer workers search our web site looking for opportunities for working at Andrews.

RESEARCH PROPOSALS

Springtail biodiversity associated with woody debris in a coniferous old-growth forest. Dr. Adrian Smolis, Wroclaw University, Poland, is interested in coming to Andrews Forest in Fall '06, spring '07, summer '08. Sampling sites will be kept out of long-term reference plots. Discussion of suggesting possibly sampling in the canopy as well. A concern was raised that the sampling/stripping of bark might be a large impact and perhaps could be scaled down or limited in area? Dr. Smolis will be encouraged to work at Andrews and discuss sampling technique and study sites with Forest Director when he arrives.

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) exists to facilitate collection and dissemination of phenological data to support global change research. http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/Geography/npn/. It may be good to start a west coast contribution to the network by doing work at the Andrews. On that note, Greg Downing and Craig Creel have been noting some phenology indicators at the Andrews on a 3-week basis for more than 20 years. The data are on check-sheets now.

SMILE PROGRAM

The SMILE Program (http://smile.oregonstate.edu), which provides math and science after-school club support and teacher training for Oregon elementary to high school teachers, is hosting a Teacher Training Winter Workshop this February 3 and 4 here at OSU. We are seeking volunteers to present research to Oregon elementary and middle school teachers at this workshop. We have a somewhat flexible time-slot to offer of up to 45 minutes. These presentations are greatly appreciated by the teachers as it gives them a glimpse into the latest academic research and what folks are up to in the world of science. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to practice presenting their research, as well as a nice opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation for your portfolio! We will also be hosting another Teacher Training Spring Workshop in May at The Andrews LTER facility. We are seeking presenters for that workshop as well (May 19 and 20), especially if your research is somehow connected to The Andrews. There are also opportunities to attend the Workshops without presenting and simply talk with teachers informally about your research and/or science content related to the activities we are presenting. If you have any interest in presenting at either workshop please contact Bree Benton at bree.benton@smile.oregonstate.edu, or 541-737-0533.

GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS

Graduate Student LTER cross-synthesis work has continued following the Graduate Symposium last spring. A group of grad students are looking at nitrogen retention vs. chloride retention at a range of LTER sites. See Dan Sobota or Willem VanVerseveld for more information.

HJA

Kathy Keable, site manager for Andrews Headquarters, received a certificate of appreciation from ECOP Program Leader for her efforts encouraging collaboration. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the team for enhancing the facilities and the education program.

Office hours at the Andrews Headquarters may be limited, so call in advance. Reservations are low for the next few months, so they will be doing maintenance in the apartments.

Safety is always important. Snowmobile training went well.

Leadership teams from PNW and Region 6 Forest Service will fill the Andrews facilities for 3 days in March.

NUGGET NUDGE

NSF has requested that we send regular news "nuggets" that highlight the LTER-related research at the HJ Andrews. According to Henry Gholz at NSF, a nugget is "a long, clear and concise paragraph with citations to papers or other products and perhaps a simple table or figure." We hope to establish a collection of program highlights over time. In addition to other publicity outlets, we will pass along these nuggets to Luanne Lawrence, Vice President of University Advancement, who has indicated that she may be able to incorporate some of them into President Ray's speeches. If you have a nugget to share, or have been working with OSU on a press release, or have been featured in the news, or know that you will be published in a high-profile journal, please send that information to Lina DiGregorio at lina.digregorio@oregonstate.edu.

NEON UPDATE

Fred Swanson. There was an on-campus meeting in November. We still do not know what the criteria for selection for sites are. Next steps in regional planning?

PUBLICATIONS

Please send new publications to Kari O'Connell (or Sherri until Kari returns from maternity leave in March). Printed versions or .pdf files are fine.

Barker, Jason. 2003. The effects of moisture content and initial heterotrophic colonization on the decomposition of coarse woody debris. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 140 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3921.

Bazilchuk, Nancy. 2006. Right brain-left brain conservation. Conservation In Practice. 7(1): 36-37. Pub no. 4054.

Brant, Justin. 2005. Controls of microbial community composition and function in forest soils. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 105 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3922.

Caldwell, Bruce A. 2005. Enzyme activities as a component of soil biodiversity: a review. Pedobiologia. 49: 637-644. Pub no. 4056.

Campbell, John. 2004. Carbon fluxes across three climatically-distinct forest chronosequences in Oregon. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 133 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3923.

Curtis, Allan; Shindler, Bruce; Wright, Angela. 2002. Sustaining local watershed initiatives: lessons from landcare and watershed councils. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 38(5): 1207-1216. Pub no. 3145.

Dunham, Susie. 2003. Population genetics, systematics and habitat associations of Chanterelles in the Pacific Northwest. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 251 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3925.

Fitzgerald, Scott. 2005. Evolution and classification of Bibionidae (Diptera: Bibionomorpha). Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 385 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3926.

Frady, Charles H.; Johnson, Sherri L.; Li, Judith L. [Submitted]. Seasonal dynamics of headwater stream macroinvertebrate communities at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest: a comparison of streams flowing through young growth and old growth forests. Forest Science. Pub no. 4053.

Giesen, Thomas William. 2005. Four centuries of soil carbon and nitrogen change after severe fire in a western Cascades forest landscape. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 97 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 4049.

Heichen, Rachel. 2002. Biology and chemistry of a meadow-to-forest transition in the central Oregon Cascades. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 87 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3928.

Heithecker, T. D.; Halpern, C. B. [In press]. Variation in microclimate associated with dispersed-retention harvests in coniferous forests of western Washington. Forest Ecology and Management. (Included in meeting notes for information only.)

Keirstead, Heath. 2004. Quantifying C and N contents and isotope signatures of SOM pools in the H.J. Andrews DIRT plots. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 77 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3929.

Lugo, Ariel E.; Swanson, Frederick J.; Gonz�lez, Olga Ramos; Adams, Mary Beth; Palik, Brian; Thill, Ronald E.; Brockway, Dale G.; Kern, Christel; Woodsmith, Richard; Musselman, Robert. 2006. Long-term research at the USDA Forest Service's experimental forests and ranges. BioScience. 56(1): 39-48. Pub no. 3843.

McDonnell, J. J. 2004. Runoff processes and lateral water transfers. In: Kabat, P.; Claussen, M.; Dirmeyer, P. A.; Gash, J. H. C.; Bravo de Guenni, L.; Meybeck, M.; Pielke, R. A. Sr.; V�r�smarty, C. J.; Hutjes, R. W. A.; L�tkemeier, S., eds. Vegetation, water, humans and the climate: a new perspective on an interactive system. Springer-Verlag: 322-328. Pub no. 3948.

Murillo, Michelle L. 2000. Modeling slope stability uncertainty: a case study at the Andrews Experimental Forest. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 73 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3933.

Pi�gay, Herv�; Gregory, Kenneth J.; Bondarev, Valery; Chin, Anne; Dahlstrom, Niklas; Elosegi, Arturo; Gregory, Stanley V.; Joshi, Veena; Mutz, Michael; Rinaldi, Massimo; Wyzga, Bartlomiej; Zawiejska, Joanna. 2005. Public perception as a barrier to introducing wood in rivers for restoration purposes. Environmental Management. 36(5): 665-674. Pub no. 4058.

Pruyn, Michele. 2001. Patterns of stem respiration within tree, with age, and among species in Pacific Northwest trees. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 231 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3934.

Ribe, Robert G. 2005. Comparing changes in scenic beauty produced by green-tree retention harvests, thinnings and clearcuts: evidence from three Pacific Northwest experiments. In: Peterson, C.E.; Maguire, D.A., eds. Balancing ecosystem values: innovative experiments for sustainable forestry: Proceedings of a conference. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-635. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station: 137-145. Pub no. 4043.

Ross, Dana. 2003. Butterflies of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest: biological inventory and ecological analysis. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 226 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3935.

Sobota, D. J. 2004. Fall directions and breakage of riparian trees along streams of the Pacific Northwest. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 126 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3939.

Spears, Julie. 2002. The imprint of coarse woody debris on soil biological and chemical properties in the western Oregon Cascades. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 99 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3940.

St. Pierre, Elizabeth. 2000. Effects of canopy gaps in Douglas-fir forests and resource gradients on fecundity and growth of understory herbs. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 144 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3941.

Swanston, Christopher. 2000. Influences of nitrogen on carbon dynamics in forest soil and density fractions. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 81 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3942.

Van Tuyl, Steve. 2004. Carbon storage and fluxes in forests of western Oregon-successional patterns and environmental controls. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 122 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3943.

Wagai, Rota. 1999. Dynamics of water-soluble carbon in forest soils of contrasting fertility. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 94 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3944.

Waichler, Scott. 2000. Simulation of vegetation and hydrology for climate change analysis of a mountain watershed. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 108 p. M.S. thesis. Pub no. 3945.

Waichler, Scott R.; Wemple, Beverley C.; Wigmosta, Mark S. 2005. Simulation of water balance and forest treatment effects at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Hydrological Processes. 19: 3177-3199. Pub no. 3836.

Yang, Zhiqiang. 2004. Early forest succession following clearcuts in western Oregon: patterns and abiotic controls. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. 105 p. Ph.D. dissertation. Pub no. 3947.