Providing a website that highlights long-term research!
It took some time, and we are still compiling, but our organizing committee has put together a new website! This website serves a few purposes as it: 1) is a forum whereby long-term researchers (LTR) can connect, 2) provides a variety of resources such as information on LTR projects across North America or Canadian research stations which may be able to help you in your research goals. We also periodically feature a particular ongoing LTR project each month.
We aim to establish a researcher led LTR network in Canada
In May 2017, the Wildlife 70 symposium on long-term research was held at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, with a goal of exploring challenges and opportunities of long-term research in Canada. Delegates at the meeting expressed support for establishment of a Long-Term Ecological Research and Monitoring (LTERM) network. Although no formal network has ever been established in Canada, it was expressed that such a network could be easily established via the harnessing of existing LTERM programs, many of which are led by individual researchers, or informal collaborative networks. This could be accomplished by providing support to improve co-ordination among programs, encouraging collective opportunities, and by formalizing the network of researchers and sites.
We thus envision an open, interdisciplinary, investigator-led network which can be facilitated through organizations like the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE). Our goals then are to support long-term research in Canada and to provide a web page that serves as a digital meeting place for LTERM researchers. We also aim to provide CSEE members interested in long-term research with an outlet for fostering greater collaboration and an avenue for web-based networking.
We haven't captured all the projects just yet!
We have mapped out many of the research stations and some of the LTR projects we know of, we recognize there are many others. If there is something we have missed please, please, please let us know and we will be happy to update our site! This only benefits everyone as it may allow researchers to tap into a previously unknown resource. You also can feel free to contact us at any time if you need assistance and are looking to see if someone from our extensive research network may be able to help you. We look forward to the interactions from all you scientists out there!