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The Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research is part of the network of LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation. LTER Network Site Profiles


The Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) program advances research and education on urban ecology and urban socioecological systems. It is one of two LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation that specifically studies urban ecology.

CAP LTER has been a leader in interdisciplinary science, bringing together teams of individuals from different fields to investigate the complex dynamics of the Phoenix metropolitan area and surrounding Sonoran Desert. Educating the next generation of urban ecologists is a core mission of the CAP LTER. The Ecology Explorers program engages K-12 students and teachers, while undergraduate and graduate students are active researchers whose work is published in leading scientific publications.

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CAP LTER News


20th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting

20th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting

Save the date! CAP LTER will be holding its 20th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting on January 5th, 2018 at ASU's SkySong facility in Scottsdale. Weiqi Zhou, Professor in the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, will be the keynote speaker. Dan...

Wisdom from the Director’s Lava Lamp

Wisdom from the Director’s Lava Lamp

Dear CAPpers: As we begin a new year, a new phase of CAP, and a strange new world, I have some news and important information to pass along. First, many thanks to Mark, Cindy, and everyone else who helped make our 2017 All Scientist Meeting such a success. Final head count was more than 100 attendees! I...

19th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting

19th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting

Save the date! CAP will be holding its 19th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting on January 13th at ASU's SkySong facility in Scottsdale. Diane Pataki, Professor, Department of Biology at the University of Utah, will be the keynote speaker. Dan Childers will give us an update on CAP LTER and there will be...