Research at Luquillo

Research efforts at Luquillo LTER

Research in the Luquillo Mountains

The LTER Network offers the broader environmental biology research community, including students and foreign scientists, the opportunity to use the sites for both long-and short-term projects appropriate to individual sites, a group of sites, or the Network as a whole. Initial arrangements for collaborations should be made with the principal investigator at the site under consideration, and proposals to the National Science Foundation for such collaborative work should be submitted to the relevant disciplinary program. Program directors may also be contacted for information about short-term funding opportunities or joint international efforts.

Key Findings

Ecosystems are increasingly subjected to combined natural and human disturbances. Since 1990 in Puerto Rico we have been studying human and hurricane disturbance and their interactions in a...

Scientists at Luquillo LTER showed that carbon cycling in tropical forests is highly sensitive to climate. Relatively small increases in temperature can decrease the ability of tropical forests to...

Research at Luquillo LTER led to the discovery of DNRA and Feammox, novel pathways for nitrogen loss from terrestrial ecosystems. Understanding these pathways will help scientists predict the...