By developing a model that simulates how forests react to multiple disturbances, scientists at Luquillo LTER found that interactions between hurricane and human impacts lead to forests with new compositions of tree species.
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.
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.