Selected Writing

Swamp Eels Wreak Havoc on Small Species at the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER

Science Writing

Since its introduction into Taylor Slough in 2009, the swamp eel has nearly eliminated several populations of small aquatic species in the Everglades watershed. The new invasive may be more disruptive to the Everglades than the park’s flagship invasive, the Burmese Python, and brings a new challenge to Everglades management and restoration. .

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Data analysts at the LTER boost working group productivity

Science Writing, Data Science

To help working groups focus on the analysis, rather than methodology, the LTER Network Office hired two data analysts, Angel Chen and Nick Lyon, in 2021. They tackle short but critical wrangling tasks during working groups’ in-person meetings, grind away at long-running bits of analysis from afar, and teach critical collaborative and technical skills to facilitate easier collaboration within groups.

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Do fish graze the way for coral recovery?

Science Writing, marine

A new analysis of Moorea Coral Reef LTER data shows that grazing has an insignificant effect on coral reef recovery after disturbance. The results, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggest that other factors—nutrient pollution, climate change—vastly outweigh any positive effects of grazing on coral reef recovery.

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A Forest of Sensors

Science Writing, Forests

The Andrews Forest has produced cutting-edge long-term research for decades. Moving forward, they look to the treetops—and new technology—to understand the intricacies of the forest.

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What is an urban ecosystem?

Science Writing, Urban

Find out what makes an urban LTER site with examples from three ecosystems at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research site.

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The Phoenix Area Social Survey shows how people drive urban-ecological change

Science Writing, Urban

At the Central Arizona Phoenix (CAP) LTER site, the Phoenix Area Social Survey uncovers residents’ relationships to the landscape around them, ultimately revealing drivers of urban environmental change. In parallel with ecological research at the site, the survey has revealed surprising mechanisms of change, challenged long-held assumptions, and demonstrated residents’ connection to long-term ecological trends.

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Climate Change Makes Kelp Less Nutritious

Marine, Science Writing

The nutritional quality of Southern California kelp is lower than it once was, a new study from the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER shows. The culprit? Climate change and warming ocean water, coauthors Dr. Heili Lowman and Kyle Emery find.

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