The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area (MSP) Long Term Ecological Research program brings together dozens of researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, USDA Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Water Bar, to study how urban stressors affect the ecological structure and functioning of urban nature, including for pollinators, the urban forest, urban watersheds, and lakes and streams. Researchers also study how urban residents interact with urban nature, and how the benefits and burdens of urban nature are not experienced equally by all residents. Ultimately, LTER researchers aim to better understand urban nature, as well as the policies and practices that are currently in place, to improve environmental outcomes for all residents.
Welcome! We are excited to share the beginning of the new NSF-funded Urban LTER, MSP. This website is in the early stage of development as a communication tool. Much more to come.