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Issue 72, December 2017
New science on weed threats to biodiversity; EcoTas highlights; latest TERN data

TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
December 2017
Director's update

Happy holiday season to everyone in the TERN family—or, in other words, everyone in the Australian ecosystem science and management community. At the end of a busy but exciting year, it is timely to reflect on some of the major TERN activities of 2017 and wish everyone a successful 2018.

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When weeds are good

New science has shown that there can be a positive relationship between weeds and native plant biodiversity in grassland ecosystems, debunking some long-held assumptions that underpin common weed management practices. We hear from the paradigm-busting scientists who are changing the way we consider the threats of weeds to biodiversity.

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Collaborative ecology across the Tasman: #EcoTAS17 highlights

Were you at this month’s joint conference of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society? For those who couldn’t make EcoTas17, and those keen to re-live the week, we take a virtual tour of the action as we showcase just some of the conference highlights (and fashion!) via Twitter.

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Data Update - December 2017

Showcasing new and recently updated data openly available via TERN repositories, including researcher submitted data on the habitats and predator-prey interactions of desert-dwelling marsupials and spiders; and long-term monitoring data on the fauna of NT’s Top End National Parks.

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Key Dates
2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute
11 December 2017 - 2 February 2018
Supported by TERN

AMOS-ICSHMO 2018 - Joint 25th AMOS National Conference and 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography
5 - 9 February 2018
TERN involved

Australian Citizen Science Conference 2018
7 - 9 February 2018

ABARES Outlook 2018
6 – 7 March 2018

4th Australian Government Data Summit
6 – 8 March 2018
National Eucalypt Day
23 March 2018
TERN involved

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018
Vienna, Austria
8 - 13 April 2018

TERN involved

7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018)
El Jadida, Morocco
17 - 19 April 2018

Climate Adaptation 2018
8 - 10 May 2018

ILTER Annual Conference
Taichung, Taiwan
15 - 19 October 2018

What is TERN?

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is the national observatory for Australian ecosystems, delivering data that enable environmental research and management.
TERN delivers:
  • Ecosystem data and the programs to collect it including plot data from surveillance and targeted monitoring programs; gas, energy, and nutrient exchanges; remote sensing data; modelled data products about soil, climate, and landscape attributes; and vegetation and soil samples for physical analysis;
  • Tools for the research community including national consistent field methods, data collection apps, and data publishing tools; and
  • Data infrastructure that supports discovery, access, and re-use of ecosystem data collected by TERN and others.
Banner photo credits left to right: James Cleverly; Tamara Potter; Tamara Potter
Article photo credits top to bottom: Greg Guerin; Georgia Watson; Maggie Watson



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