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1994 annual report




Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER), author

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This is the 1993-94 progress report for the project entitled "Long term ecological research program - Shortgrass Steppe" (BSR 9011659) funded to Colorado State. University. We had a successful year, and continue to make very good progress in furthering our understanding of the shortgrass steppe. The project produced 25 total papers and 15 papers in refereed journals since our last report. We supported a large number of graduate, undergraduate, and post doctoral fellows for research at the site. In addition, five senior-level scientists were added to our LTER in order to expand the breadth of scientific expertise and research being conducted at the site: Drs. Mike Coughenour (ecophysiological modeling, plant-animal interactions), Bill Hunt (soil food web ecology), Diana Freckman (nematode ecology), Jeff Welker (ecophysiology), and Chuck Grier (root ecology). Scientists at our site are involved in a number of LTER network activities, through comparative modeling studies, database management, international collaborations, and development of new cross-site experiments. The report contains two sections: Summary and Overview, and a Detailed Report. We organized both sections into four key areas: Core Area Research, Synthesis Activities, Current International Collaborations, Data Management. A List of Publications is contained at the end of the Detailed Report.


The SGS-LTER research site was established in 1980 by researchers at Colorado State University as part of a network of long-term research sites within the US LTER Network, supported by the National Science Foundation. Scientists within the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biology Department at CSU, California State Fullerton, USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wyoming, among others, have contributed to our understanding of the structure and functions of the shortgrass steppe and other diverse ecosystems across the network while maintaining a common mission and sharing expertise, data and infrastructure.
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shortgrass steppe
Central Plains Experimental Range
Pawnee National Grassland
grassland ecology
long term ecological research


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