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NSF Award(s) DEB-8811906 , DEB-0080529 , IBN-9411976 (View all sites)

The Sevilleta LTER Project is located about 80 kilometers south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The Refuge, which is managed by the US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and its surroundings, are positioned at the intersection of several major biotic zones: Chihuahuan Desert grassland and shrubland to the south, Great Plains grassland to the north, Piņon-Juniper woodland in the upper elevations of the neighboring mountains, Colorado Plateau shrub-steppe to the west, and riparian vegetation along the middle Rio Grande Valley.
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Site Contacts
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Rudgers
Primary Contact: Rina Ouellette
Information Mgr: Kris Hall
Education Contact: Kim Eichhorst
Graduate Student Representative: Anny Chung
Social Science Representative: Michael Agar
Climate Science Representative: Douglas Moore
Communication Representative:
Sevilleta LTER
Department of Biology MSC03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1091 U.S.A.
Phone: (505) 277-6328
Fax: (505) 277-5355
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Site History
The Sevilleta LTER was initiated as the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, a former Spanish land grant now administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The research area encompasses approximately 3,600 square kilometers and ranges from Rio Grande riparian forests (bosque) and Chihuahuan Desert up to subalpine forests and meadows. Because the Sevilleta LTER is a transition zone for a number of biomes, the area cannot be easily or conveniently characterized. This convergence of biomes, however, has created an important research area for geology, hydrology, archeology, atmospheric science, biology, and ecology for many decades.
Research Topics
Population dynamics in a biome transition zone; climate change and disturbance effects on ecosystem processes; biospheric/atmospheric interactions; biotic and abiotic controls on landscape heterogeneity
Institutional Affiliations Research Sites
Site Location
Lat: +34.35300 | Long. -106.88200

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Climate Info.
Annual High Mean Low
Temperature 33.6 c 13.4c -7.3c
Precipitation 325 mm/year 244 mm/year 139 mm/year