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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

This LTER SPARC Synthesis Working Group seeks to bring together LTER researchers interested in understanding how disturbances and environmental change across timescales are altering the production and transfer of organic matter from primary producers to herbivores. All ecosystems are subject to temporal variations in biological production and consumption over broad time scales (from diel to decadal) in response to changes in the environment. Understanding the flow of C and energy from primary producers to their consumers provides essential information about ecosystem properties and functions. Both terrestrial and aquatic ecologists have long been assessing ecosystem primary production and the amount of autotrophic C transferred to higher trophic levels, irrespective of how challenging it is to assess these transfer rates. The study of primary producers and consumer interactions is essential to fully understand and predict the ecosystems response to anticipated increased disturbances and environmental changes driven by anthropogenic activities. Together we will synthesize the current status and identify future needs to establish a mechanistic and predictive understanding of the trophic interactions from primary producers to their consumers.

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Principal Investigator(s)

Pierre Marrec, Grace Wilkinson

Project Dates

Start: January 1, 2023

End: December 31, 2023



Noe Castaneda
University of California, Santa Barbara
Max Castorani
University of Virginia
James Hogan
University of Florida
Kimberly J. Komatsu
University of North Carolina
Maowei Liang
university of minnesota twin cities
Charlotte Malmborg
Harvard University
Pierre Marrec
University of Rhode Island
Susanne Menden-Deuer
University of Rhode Island
Tatiana A. Rynearson
University of Rhode Island
Warren Sconiers
University of Colorado Boulder
Bradley Strickland
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Suzanne L. Strom
Western Washington University
Mike R. Stukel
Florida State University
Grace Wilkinson
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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