Quantifying invertebrate responses to nutrient additions in North American grasslands

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Konza LTER, Kansas

A slight delay in posts as I have been gone or busy writing up portions of my dissertation. In September, our lab finished off the last sampling on the SALT grant for the year at three locations in the midwest United States. Having never visited two of these states before, I was quite excited to see what Kansas and Nebraska had to offer. And they did not disappoint! We visited the Konza LTER and two Nature Conservancy sites in Nebraska on the Platte and Niobrara rivers. The goal was to measure how invertebrates and plants are responding to macro and micronutrient additions in long term plots that were first established earlier this year. Will be exciting to see the results as the grass and forb composition, and their respective heights, were quite different at each site. Check out some pictures below to see where we were working…

KONZA LTER

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Platte River Nature Conservancy

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Niobrara River Nature Conservancy

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