The promise of distributed global ecology experiments

In a new piece in the journal BioScience (Yahdjian et al. 2021), ecologists with ties to the DroughtNet and LTER networks argue that coordinated distributed experiments, such as the DroughtNet International Drought Experiment and NutNet, should expand to cover more of the globe. Such experiments hold great promise for understanding ecosystem sensitivity to a range of global change drivers, including greater drought severity and nutrient deposition. Jornada investigator Dr. Osvaldo Sala, who co-authored the article, has established several DroughtNet plots in the Jornada Basin, shown below.

Graduate students Chris Vito and Sam Jordan working at the DroughtNet plots in the Jornada Basin