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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

NES-LTR

12 investigators
from 5 organizations

EN661 Winter Transect 2021 group photo courtesy E. Peacock (WHOI)

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

Scratching and Painting and Animating with Data- That’s Data Jam

Our team of judges have reviewed 26 projects involving 83 students in grades 8-11 from Massachusetts. In our third year of competition, we’re seeing students challenging themselves with more advanced datasets and new creativity in communicating their data stories. In a challenging year of remote teaching and learning, the technology skills of students and teachers…

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Hands-On Undergraduate Research in Plankton Ecology During the 2020 Pandemic

New article highlighting undergraduate student Andria Miller’s research with NES-LTER postdoc Pierre Marrec and PI Susanne Menden-Deuer: “OCEAN EDUCATION • Virtual and Remote—Hands-On Undergraduate Research in Plankton Ecology During the 2020 Pandemic: COVID-19 Can’t Stop This!” in Oceanography (https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2021.104).

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New article on seasonal variability in the planktonic food web of the Northeast U.S. Shelf

NES-LTER postdoctoral researcher Pierre Marrec and others in PI Susanne Menden-Deuer’s lab just published a new article: “Seasonal variability in planktonic food web structure and function of the Northeast U.S. Shelf” in Limnology and Oceanography (https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11696). Marrec et al., 2021, https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11696

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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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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.