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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.

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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...

CAP LTER urban ecology work highlighted by Arizona PBS

CAP LTER urban ecology work highlighted by Arizona PBS

The Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, was recently featured in an episode of “Catalyst” by Arizona PBS. The episode, “Desert animals in urban centers,” discussed current research about how natural environments (including plant and animal life) are affected by...

CAP LTER urban ecology program funded another four years

CAP LTER urban ecology program funded another four years

After a lengthy review process, ASU's Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program has been granted another four years of funding by the National Science Foundation to continue studying the Phoenix urban ecosystem from an interdisciplinary and social-ecological perspective.