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12 investigators
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NES-LTR

12 investigators
from 5 organizations

Twelve investigators from five organizations.
Twelve investigators from five organizations.

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

Our cohort of undergraduates doing NES-LTER research remotely in summer 2020

One of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the NES-LTER project is that our summer undergraduate programs had to go online this year. Nevertheless, our cohort of undergraduates have still been doing research this summer, remotely, thanks to their dedicated and creative mentors/advisors and their own drive to learn. Meet them: Ayanna Butler is…

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New article, model, and data published for eukaryote picophytoplankton at MVCO

Graduate student Bethany Fowler and co-authors at WHOI just published a new article in PNAS: Dynamics and functional diversity of the smallest phytoplankton on the Northeast US Shelf. They found that picoeukaryotes contribute more to the region’s primary productivity than would be inferred from their abundance alone. In addition to the journal article, the model…

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New article on community composition and realized thermal niches of diatoms

NES-LTER PI Tatiana Rynearson, Sarah A. Flickinger, and graduate student Diana Fontaine just published a new article: “Metabarcoding Reveals Temporal Patterns of Community Composition and Realized Thermal Niches of Thalassiosira Spp. (Bacillariophyceae) from the Narragansett Bay Long-Term Plankton Time Series” (https://doi.org/10.3390/biology9010019).

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2019-20 Data Jam competition sees more students, new talents

In just its second year, the NES-LTER Data Jam saw nearly three times as many student entries and broadening the region of engagement.  Education Outreach specialist, Annette Brickley, commented, “I think we’re reaching new teachers through the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) annual meeting each year in May, which is great, but I think our best…

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Heidi Sosik receives award for Rachel Carson Lecture at AGU Fall Meeting

We are pleased to announce that NES-LTER Lead PI Heidi Sosik will be presenting the Rachel Carson Lecture for the Ocean Sciences Section at the 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Her talk is entitled “Observing Plankton in the 21st Century: Big Data and Big Surprises.” Heidi received this award as a scientist who…

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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.