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NSF Award(s) DEB-0620579 , DEB-1026415 , DEB-1636476 (View all sites)

The Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research program is located in the boreal forest of interior Alaska, USA. Our facilities are centered in the city of Fairbanks. Research at our LTER site focuses on improving our understanding of the long-term consequences of changing climate and disturbance regimes in the Alaskan boreal forest. Our overall objective is to document the major controls over forest dynamics, biogeochemistry, and disturbance and their interactions in the face of a changing climate. The site was established in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1987 as part of the National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program
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Contact Information
Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Roger Ruess
Primary Contact: Jamie Hollingsworth
Information Mgr: Jason Downing
Education Contact: Elena Sparrow
Graduate Student Representative: Alexandra Conway
Social Science Representative: Gary Kofinas
Climate Science Representative:
Communication Representative: Marie Thoms
Bonanza Creek LTER
901 S. Koyukuk Dr. Ste. 193
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: 907.474.7470
Fax: 907.474-6251
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Site History
The BNZ LTER program was established to study patterns and mechanisms of boreal forest succession following fluvial and fire disturbance, and for the first few decades, our monitoring program, long-term experiments and process studies focused on state factor and interactive controls over succession, trophic dynamics and ecosystem function of floodplain and upland chronosequences.
Research Topics
Successional processes associated with wildfire and floodplains; facilitative and competitive interactions among plant species throughout succession; plant-mediated changes in resource and energy availability for decomposers; herbivorous control of plant species composition; hydrologic regime and stream ecology.
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Site Location
Lat: +64.85848 | Long. -147.84668

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 22.7 c -2.9c -28.3c
Precipitation 470.4 mm/year 263 mm/year 140.9 mm/year