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EN695 Winter Transect 2023 group photo
EN687 Summer Transect 2022 group photo
AT46 Winter Transect 2022 group photo
EN668 Summer Transect 2021 group photo courtesy G. Matthias (URI)
EN661 Winter Transect 2021 group photo courtesy E. Peacock (WHOI)
EN657 Fall Transect 2020 group photo by Lynne Butler (URI)

12 investigators
from 5 organizations


12 investigators
from 5 organizations

EN695 Winter Transect 2023 group photo

What is the NES-LTER?

The Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) project integrates observations, experiments, and models to understand and predict how planktonic food webs are changing in the region, and how those changes may impact the productivity of higher trophic levels.

NES-LTER news highlights

Former REU Publishes Research

S. Alejandra Castillo Cieza was an REU in Co-PI Rachel Stanley’s chemistry lab at Wellesley College in 2020 and 2021. It wasn’t just a pandemic pushing Alejandra to dig deeper into data analysis and lab work.  She’s driven to unraveling data-driven stories and sharing them as she is now pursuing her PhD in Biology at…


Undergraduate students present research on the Northeast U.S. Shelf ecosystem

This summer the Northeast U.S. Shelf Long-Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project hosted three undergraduate researchers in Woods Hole. All three presented posters at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s annual summer student poster symposium held on August 10, 2023. Victoria Abunaw, a rising senior in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, participated in WHOI’s Summer…


Data Jam Creativity Continues into 2022-23

In our fifth consecutive year of Data Jamming as part of education and outreach for the Northeast US Shelf Long Term Ecological Research (NES-LTER) project, we are pleased to announce the winners! From 30 full Data Jam projects (116 students) and 6 Mini Jam projects (23 students), 3 high schools, and 2 middle schools– we commend…


ASM is where the LTER Network shines

Four years ago, when our team attended the LTER Network All Scientists’ Meeting (ASM), we were “newbies”, only a year into playing our role in this long term network of researchers.  After an extra 1-year delay of the meeting, our team returned with more attendees, more connections, more posters, more workshops, and more appreciation. Our…


Data Jam 2021-22 Jammin’ more than ever

120 students and 38 projects from grades 7 through 12 generated raps, a symphony, dancing scallops and wind and satellites, claymation, cupcake data points, board games, poems, comic strips, and puppet shows. Students used 13 different datasets from the provided Data Jam datasets and entertained 17 judges from the NES research team for days. While…


Long-term sampling, team-member, stories of change 👍👍👍@NSF @RynearsonLab

Our spring transect cruise (Yes!) is rolling along. Follow the RV Endeavor, our team, and the offshore weather

To build data literacy skills of all ages, visitors to the @BPZoo helped us make a data quipu. Colored fabric strips represent mean annual SST and beads on the strips represent the mean lat of the lobster catch (NMFS trawl survey data) @USLTER @NSF

Congrats to our 2024 Data Jam Winners!
First Place- Mini Jam: Mission: Save the Whales!
Vaishnavi S, g.7, Blake MS (Medfield, MA), Advisors- K Buley/M Thevanathan @USLTER @NSF

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Data Portals

The NES-LTER produces observational data, derived data products, and model data. Observational data are obtained in real-time from moored underwater instruments, underway and from sampling on research cruises, and post-cruise with laboratory analyses.