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Overview

The goal of the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (Luquillo LTER) is to understand how changing climate and land use are affecting the environment of northeastern Puerto Rico. Luquillo LTER includes both terrestrial and aquatic studies, from the peaks of the Luquillo Mountains to the city of San Juan, encompassing strong gradients of both climate and land use. 

Luquillo LTER research applies to other islands in the Caribbean and similar tropical areas, and it is part of global networks of long-term environmental research in the United States and other countries (US LTER, International LTER) and tropical forest

Recent Publications

Frederick N. Scatena: A tropical geomorphologist
Frederick N. Scatena III (1954–2013; Fig. 1) began his career with the Forest Service in 1987 after obtaining his PhD at John Hopkins University (1987) and working with the US Peace Corps in the...
Responses to canopy loss and debris deposition in a tropical forest ecosystem: Synthesis from an experimental manipulation simulating effects of hurricane disturbance
Hurricanes, cyclones, or typhoons are intense and broad-scale disturbances that affect many island and coastal ecosystems throughout the world. We summarize the findings of the articles that compose...
Divergent responses of leaf herbivory to simulated hurricane effects in a rainforest understory
Hurricanes are major disturbances in many forests, but studies showing effects of natural hurricanes on herbivory rates have yielded mixed results. Forest managers could benefit from a better...
Seven-year responses of trees to experimental hurricane effects in a tropical rainforest, Puerto Rico
We experimentally manipulated key components of severe hurricane disturbance, canopy openness and detritus deposition, to determine the independent and interactive effects of these components on tree...
Linking soils and streams: Response of soil solution chemistry to simulated hurricane disturbance mirrors stream chemistry following a severe hurricane
Understanding the drivers of forest ecosystem response to major disturbance events is an important topic in forest ecology and ecosystem management. Because of the multiple elements included in most...