OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Decomposition Project


WELCOME TO THE LTER-EDU PROJECT WEBPAGE!

LTER-EDU is an educational project that offers school students a chance to be partners in the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) global monitoring effort. The students collect meteorological data and monitor vegetation, arthropods, butterflies, birds and other data. The monitoring takes place in 35 schools in Israel and now includes educators and their classes from Bulgaria, Greece and Portugal and several schools in Oregon.

This website is for Oregon educators involving their students in the decomposition part of the project (MORE INFO FOR TEACHERS). Middle and High School students from around Oregon are setting out decomposition bags with different kinds of materials to estimate decomposition rate and then entering their data for sharing with other schools. The LTER-EDU project is inspired by and supported by the Andrews Forest LTER site near Blue River, OR, which has a 200-year log decomposition experiment and other long-term studies of the carbon and nitrogen cycle.

Map of participating schools