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Media Advisory 05-003

Long-Term Ecological Research in Marine Environments is Topic of Symposium

Plum Island Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site

Long-Term Ecological Research at Plum Island, Massachusetts

February 24, 2005

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At a symposium on Thursday, March 3, scientists will highlight projects underway at the new California Current Ecosystem research site, and the Moorea Coral Reef research site, in the Pacific islands of French Polynesia. These studies and research at other Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites are contributing important information about the plight of the world’s oceans. Scientists will also identify and discuss ecological “grand challenges” of the 21st Century.

The LTER network, funded by the National Science Foundation, comprises 26 field sites located primarily in the United States, but with a geographic span from the Arctic and Antarctic to the tropics. The sites represent Earth’s major ecosystems and include deserts, grasslands, forests, tundra, urban areas, agricultural systems, freshwater lakes, coastal estuaries and salt marshes, coral reefs and coastal ocean zones.

Who:  Henry Gholz, NSF LTER Program Director
          Philip Taylor, NSF Biological Oceanography Program Director
          Scientists from coastal and other LTER sites

What:  Symposium on results of Long-Term Ecological Research at marine sites

When: Thursday, March 3, 2005, 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Where: National Science Foundation
            4201 Wilson Blvd.
            Stafford II Building, Room 555
            Arlington, VA22230

For a detailed symposium agenda, or to arrange for a pass to enter the building, please contact: Cheryl Dybas,, (703) 292-7734


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