For Graduate Students

This web page serves the graduate students of Coweeta LTER by providing background and general information about the program with links to available resources on the Coweeta website that are of use to graduate students.  There is a Graduate Student Committee that serves to give a voice to students participating in the Coweeta LTER. If you would like to join or need to be removed from the graduate student listserv: (, please contact the Information Mgr.  You can also contact the Information Manager with any updates you would like to add to your personnel bio page.

About the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory
The Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory, part of the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, began in 1934 as an experimental forest and was re-named in 1948 to its current name, becoming the only Forest Service outdoor site to carry the "Laboratory" title.  The Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory continues to exists as an independent research site while collaborating with numerous institutions and agencies such as the LTER.  More information can be found the Forest Service SRS Coweeta website.  The Forest Service offers tours of the site and seminars related to the natural history and past and present research projects.

About the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research Program
The agreement between University of Georgia and the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory was first signed in 1968 and has been the basis for their partnership in national and international research programs for over 45 years. In 1980, Coweeta became one of the six original US LTER sites. The National Science Foundation now funds 26 LTER sites.  Please visit Site History to learn more about the past and future research conducted by the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and the LTER. In order to familiarize yourself with the Coweeta LTER, you can also view biographical sketches of each of the Coweeta LTER Project Investigators and dedicated staff, and access all of their online data, publications, graduate theses and dissertations and associated species and samples.

Introduction to Coweeta LTER Online Data and Publications Catalog
Since 1937, Coweeta has supported hundreds of bodies of research. The data catalog features a number of special collections that include demographics, species collections, sample archives and monthly climate data.  The data catalog includes downloadable data and metadata. Coweeta researchers have generated over 1200 publications which can be searched through and viewed here publications online. In addition, over 225 Coweeta LTER graduate theses and dissertations dating from 1937 are available online. Note that many of the theses and dissertations are abstracts only.

Project Proposals
All graduate students are required to follow the project proposal process. If approved, your sponsoring PI should inform the Coweeta LPI  and IM by June 1st of returning and new graduate assistants for the following fiscal year (July 1st-June 30th).  Note: It is the student's responsibility to check with his/her student account to verify that tuition has been waived for the months supported. 

Data and Information Management Requirements
Students must also be aware that they are required to link their work to the larger efforts of the Coweeta LTER Program, as dictated by the current proposal. To this end, we provide a guide for Documenting your Research and a data submission form. The Information Management (IM) Office is responsible for curating all data and publications developed by Coweeta LTER investigators. This section features an IM Guide that walks investigators through the process of data management from before their research begins until after it is completed. The IM Guide provides a step-wise explanation of the data compliance process while highlighting several resources available to students. Students are encouraged to meet with the Information Manager (IM) early in their tenure with the program so that they can gain an understanding of both the services available to them and the NSF data management policies with which they are required to comply. Simply email the IM for an appointment.

Field and Site Safety
Safe personal conduct and field safety are vital for your well being and that of others. It also ensures that LTER projects can continue for current and future students. You must be familiar with site safety policies and procedues, and complete all required training before begining research projects. For more information contact the site Manger, Jason Love

On-Site Resources

Analytical: The Coweeta Chemical Analytical Laboratory provides state of the art analytical services for a variety of sample types. Information concerning lab policies, QA/QC procedures, and for requesting analytical services can be found here.  The Analytical Laboratory Manger, Cindi Brown, can be contacted for further information or questions.

Vehicles and Field Equipment: There are vehicles and field equipment available for research use while at Coweeta which can be reserved through the online reservation system. All individuals who are not UGA employees must submit a UGA Risk Management Volunteer Agreement Form and must consent to a motor vehicle check. For submission of forms or more information contact the site Manger, Jason Love.

Residence: There is an on-site, co-eductation dormitory avaiable for graduate students conducting LTER funded research. The residence page explains the facility layout and available resources. The Dormitory Policy Page contains important information related to staying at the Coweeta residence including reservation procedures. Carol Harper can be contacted for further information and reservation questions. 

Information about off-site Lodging, food, and other options is available on the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website.