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New Pathways

Luquillo LTER

Research at Luquillo LTER led to the discovery of DNRA and Feammox, novel pathways for nitrogen loss from terrestrial ecosystems. Understanding these pathways will help scientists predict the sources and magnitudes of greenhouse gas emissions and how human activities, such as irrigation and fertilization, affect water and air quality in tropical regions.

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Tropical Carbon Cycling

Luquillo LTER

Scientists at Luquillo LTER have shown that carbon cycling in tropical forests is highly sensitive to climate. Relatively small increases in temperature can decrease the ability of tropical forests to store carbon recently captured by photosynthesis, thus accelerating climate change.