Welcome! Our research focuses on the impact of natural disturbances and global environmental change on mesic and arid grassland ecosystems. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in mesic grasslands in North America and South Africa, and how rainfall variability, temperature change, and shrub encroachment affect aridland ecosystems in the southwestern US.


April 2012 Issue of BioScience Highlights LTER Research

BioScience has published a collection of six synthesis articles derived from long-term ecological research to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the US LTER Network.

Konza Researchers receive LTREB Award from NSF

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Sara Baer (Southern Illinois University), John Blair (Kansas State University) and Scott Collins (UNM) a five year, $450,000 award from the Long-term Research in Environmental Biology Program to continue a long-term study on how environmental heterogeneity affects plant community structure and ecosystem processes during ecological restoration of tallgrass prairie.

Sevilleta LTER receives Macrosystems Biology award from NSF

The Sevilleta LTER and University of New Mexico have received a five year grant of $1,079,257 from the National Science Foundation for the project entitled, "Grassland sensitivity to climate change at local to regional scales: assessing the roles of ecosystem attributes versus environmental context." The overarching goal of this research is to determine the consequences of chronic drought on biodiversity and ecosystem services in grasslands across precipitation and temperature gradients.

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