Colorado mountains

Pattern and control of primary production

Plant growth in most ecosystems forms the base or “primary” component of the food web. The amount and type of plant growth in an ecosystem helps to determine the amount and kind of animals (or “secondary” productivity) that can survive there.

Increased Connectivity in a Polar Desert Resulting from Climate Warming: McMurdo Dry Valley LTER Program

Poster Number:  392 Presenter/Primary Author:  Diane McKnight The McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDV) is a polar desert on the coast of East Antarctica, a region that has not yet experienced the climate warming that is now occurring elsewhere.

Detecting the sensitivity of desert herbaceous plant responses to co-occurring atmospheric compounds

Poster Number:  379 Presenter/Primary Author:  Elizabeth Cook Cities occupy a small land area globally, yet atmospheric compounds generated from human-dominated ecosystems have significant impacts on protected lands within and beyond urban boundaries.  D

Zooplankton aggregation at glider-detected ocean fronts in the California Current Ecosystem

Poster Number:  376 Presenter/Primary Author:  Jesse Powell Here we report the results from six years of front observations from 2006 through 2011 along two transect lines within the Southern California Current System (SCCS) using autonomous gliders.

Background Photo by: Nicole Hansen - Jornada (JRN) LTER