Species Richness in Space and Time

Estimating the number of species in a community or ecosystem is a fundamental problem in basic and conservation ecology. Basic researchers use biodiversity estimates to study latitudinal diversity gradients, to determine relationships between local and regional diversity, and as a response variable in manipulative experiments. Conservation ecologists use such estimates to prioritize conservation efforts (Myers… Read more »

Long-term Effects of Land Use History on Carbon & Water Balance

Many LTER sites and research projects outside the LTER Network are demonstrating there are common patterns to land use history. However, there is major uncertainty in our understanding of the effects of land use on the global patterns of carbon and water exchange. The LTER Network is in a unique position to address this topic… Read more »