Plum Island Ecosystem, Long-Term Ecological Research Network Office
Data Center Description
The Plum Island Ecosystems (PIE) research site, located on the northeastern Massachusetts coast, is part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. PIE-LTER research is conducted by scientists from the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the University of South Carolina, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, the University of New Hampshire and Clark University. Interdisciplinary research has been conducted in the Plum Island Sound estuary since the late 1980?s with support from the NSF Division of Environmental Biology.Research greatly expanded in 1992 with support from the NSF Land Margin Ecosystems Research (LMER) program.The site became part of the LTER network in 1998, being the first of 4 sites to focus on the effect of terrestrial and oceanic drivers on ecosystems at the land-sea interface.