Hung out to dry: conducting ecological research in grassland streams during a historic drought

by Molly Fisher and James Guinnip (Konza Prairie Biological Station) In the spring of 2018, I began to seek out summer research opportunities during my sophomore year as an undergraduate at Simpson College. Simpson College, a small, private college located in south-central Iowa, had fostered my initial interest in ecological research and water sources found... Continue Reading →

Understanding Coral Bleaching: Research and Lessons from Mo’orea

by Jannine Chamorro, Moorea Coral Reef LTER Last September I had the opportunity to participate in a project studying coral bleaching in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. This was the first time I had ever worked in a remote field location. While initially the thought of flying to a place I could not see on a map... Continue Reading →

A walk in the woods – 17 years later

by Ian Yesilonis (Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER) Walking through the woods and observing the trees and animals is something I have always loved to do growing up in Baltimore.  Our temperate deciduous forests in the city are typically smaller patches; however, one park, the Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park (1,216 acres), is quite large and also has big... Continue Reading →

Ironing out the arctic carbon cycle

by Adrianna Trusiak Location: Toolik Field Station, Alaskan Arctic Red and orange across the Arctic In the environment iron is easy to identify due to its color.  Specifically, on the surface iron is exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere and oxidized, forming red-orange precipitates visible to the naked eye.  Across the arctic landscape, these red-orange... Continue Reading →


Author: Stephanie Reiter eLTER TA site: Negev Research stay dates:      09/16 to 01/17   The water bound in our soils, in particular soil moisture, influences plant growth, water infiltration, flood regulation and even climate patterns. Although on a global scale the overall quantity of soil moisture is small (<0.05%), it influences ecological, hydrological and meteorological processes.... Continue Reading →

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