Who We Are

We are over 2000 researchers at 28 sites who apply long-term observation, experiments, and modeling to understand how ecological systems function over decades. Read All…


LTER research integrates many disciplines to understand ecological processes as they play out at individual sites, while synthetic studies reveal broader principles that operate at a global scale. Read All…


Long-term relationships with schools, community groups, resource managers, and landowners provide a foundation for innovative education and outreach programs. Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from working with a diverse and close-knit community of researchers. Read All…

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Our LTER renewal proposal has been funded! In the coming phase we will be embarking on exciting new directions. You can read a concise summary of our new conceptual framework and experiments at
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A sea of trees. On #amazonday, #NSFfunded scientists are tracking changes in plant species throughout the Amazon's geologic history, and determining how the evolution of its environment shaped plant and animal diversity. https://t.co/ZAzyha7AyE, https://t.co/rhT4Tg3ZIO