I just had the good fortune to attend the PROBE (Paleo-reconstructions of biogeochemical environments) NSF workshop/working group at Kansas State University and Konza Prairie LTER. Incredible. It was my first workshop of this nature, so I didn't quite know what to expect- but it was great fun. I learned quite a bit, and hopefully contributed some as well. The ultimate goal is a paper exploring how long term records can be united with current understandings of how disturbances alter biogeochemical cycles. Of particular interest to me is the effect of changing disturbance regimes/compound events on ecosystem type, and what that means in the short term, as well as the long term (e.g. the paleo record). But in any case, there were some quite intelligent people there, expect a cool paper sooner or later.