LUQ-LTER Newsletter

October 2023 Fall

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Conferences of Interest

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The 2024 BIOGEOMON Conference (the 11th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior) will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 7-11, 2024.

Abstract submissions and registration will open on Friday, September 5th. Abstract Deadline has been extended to October 17. Please see website.

Discounts are offered, such as travel subsidies, are geared towards students, early career scientists, and scientists from groups underrepresented in STEM who are students at or employed by US-based (including US territories) institutions. Applicants from these groups are encouraged to apply.

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LUQ Monthly Meeting

Our first Monthly Meeting this school year will be taking place on:
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 3:00 PM (AST)

Invited speaker: Dr. Trevor Fristoe, UPR- Rio Piedras.

Dr. Fristoe is an assistant professor in ecology at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, who works with environmental constraints and evolutionary forces interact to shape species distributions in ecosystems. For more information, visit
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Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 865 7038 0284
Passcode: 538176

2024 LUQ REU Opportunities

Doctoral student Vamery Gonzales, from the Alonso Ramírez lab, will be presenting a talk about REU opportunities on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in UPR-Rio Piedras.
Physical Location: C-221
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 833 6962 8880
Passcode: 049697

Graduate Student + Postdoctoral Support Grants

OBJECTIVE: LUQ typically sets aside a portion of its annual budget to support graduate student and postdoctoral research needs. Through the rest of this calendar year, LUQ will focus those resources on travel, for purposes such as conferences and field work. A maximum of $2,000 can be requested per year per person, but larger requests will be considered if the need can be strongly justified. Nevertheless, funds for this initiative are limited and we wish to support as many applicants as possible. Therefore, it is very important that applicants carefully justify all proposed expenditures.

TO APPLY: Submit a two-page (single-spaced) justification for funding including scientific rationale and appropriate methodology (if applicable). Please make it clear how the travel supports research that contributes to the goals of the LTER program.
( Include a one-page budget and explanation of how funds will be expended (e.g., airfare, lodging, number of days & meals, conference fees, ground transportation, miscellaneous costs, etc.). Finally, include a two-page NSF-style Biosketch using the following link:

This opportunity has a rolling deadline, and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

- Applications for summer travel should be submitted by May 1. For travel after August 15, the due date will be two months prior to the date of departure.

- Submit applications to and

For more information or to inquire about funding for other needs such as research supplies, analyses, contact and

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Thoughts or comments? Interested in sharing news or lab results in the next Newsletter? Please reach out to Juan G. García at, and we will be more than happy to include it. ¡Excelente semana!
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