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CAP LTER

CAP LTER

CAP LTER

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


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.


Sustainability scientist serves on new environmental economics advisory committee

Sustainability scientist serves on new environmental economics advisory committee

ASU faculty helps establish research organization to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to assess social benefits and costs of environmental policies Policies on air pollution, climate change and water have far-reaching effects on millions of Americans and businesses. Is the Environmental Protection Agency ─ the federal agency whose mission is to protect public health and...

Sustainability scientist Nancy Grimm wins fellowship

Sustainability scientist Nancy Grimm wins fellowship

Senior Sustainability Scientist Nancy Grimm, the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, was named a 2019 Fellow of the Society of Freshwater Science in honor of her outstanding contributions to stream and watershed science. According to Grimm's biography on the Society of Freshwater Science fellows site,...

Tempe Town Lake sends message in a bottle

Tempe Town Lake sends message in a bottle

Tempe Town Lake has been a part of the city's landscape for over 19 years, and Hilairy Hartnett's lab has been measuring and collecting data there for the past 13. With over 1,200 samples of water, Hartnett's work with the Central Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program hopes to better understand what it takes to maintain...