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NSF Award(s) DEB-9705814 , DEB-0080538 , DEB-0218039 , BSR-8811902 , DEB-9411973 , DEB-0620910 , DEB-1239764 (View all sites)

The Luquillo Experimental Forest (LEF) has been a center of tropical forestry research for nearly a century. In addition, the LEF is a recreation site for over a half a million people per year, a water supply for approximately 20% of Puerto Rico's population, a regional center for electronic communication, and a refuge of Caribbean biodiversity. It is the goal of the USDA Forest Service and the University of Puerto to promote and maintain the forest's role as a center of active and dynamic scientific inquiry. However, to maintain the ecological integrity of the forest while balancing the many demands placed upon it's resources, certain protocol is required. This guide provides the major protocols that govern research in the LEF. These protocols are designed to help researchers protect the forests, obey the law, create an amiable and non-discriminatory work environment, and provide a historical record for future scientists.
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Contact Information
Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Jess Zimmerman
Primary Contact: Jess Zimmerman
Information Mgr: Eda Melendez-Colom
Education Contact: Steven McGee
Graduate Student Representative: James Aaron Hogan
Social Science Representative: Kathleen McGinley
Climate Science Representative: William McDowell
Communication Representative: Sarah Stankavich
Department of Environmental Science
University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras
P.O. Box 70377
San Juan, PR 00936-8377 USA
Phone: 787-764-0000X88220
Fax: (787) 772 -1481
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Site History
LUQ LTER 1 was submitted in 1988, LTER 2 in 1994 and the current one, LTER 3 was first submitted in 2000, re-submitted and finally accepted in 2002.
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Research Topics
Environmental Setting Disturbance and Recovery Food Webs Forest Dynamics Geology Climate and Hydrology Landslides Streams Models
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Site Location
Lat: +18.30000 | Long. -65.80000

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 27 c 22.8c 17c
Precipitation mm/year 3460 mm/year mm/year