Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN)

LTERN integrates key established plot networks across Australia to tackle critical questions associated with the impacts of disturbance on Australian ecosystems. LTERN brings together some of Australia’s leading ecologists. New field data and metadata (or pre-LTERN data) from the 12 ecological plot networks around Australia will be stored and published via the new Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (AEKOS), a web data portal under construction by the Eco-Informatics Facility based at the University of Adelaide. LTERN will make data available from these plot networks to help foster new collaborations in ecosystem science.

The Victorian Tall Eucalypt ForestNanangroe Plantation and Jervis Bay Booderee National Park networks all contribute to LTERN. The work conducted by the ANU researchers involved with these projects aims to provide vital information on relationship between natural and human disturbances and vegetation and fauna.

More information can be found on the LTERN website.


  • University of Adelaide
  • University of New South Wales
  • Charles Darwin University
  • University of Sydney
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland