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12 investigators
from 5 organizations

12 investigators
from 5 organizations

NES-LTR

12 investigators
from 5 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

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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Pelagic fish data packages available online at EDI!

This fall Jaxine Wolfe joined us as an Information Systems Assistant to help publish NES-LTER data to the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) repository. Her first two data packages are now available online, both prepared to accompany WHOI graduate student Justin Suca’s recent journal article. The data packages, for pelagic fish diet composition and stable isotopes,…

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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.