LTER Road Trip – Tracking Change in a Tidal Marsh

Samuel Kelsey and I sped quickly through the marsh in one of the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (PIE-LTER) site’s motor boats, zipping up our sweaters against the stiff ocean breezes despite the sunny skies of mid-June. The tide was low, and the brown marsh sides rose like miniature cliffs around us. Here and there, pieces…

LTER Road Trip: Exploring the Eddy Flux Towers

Samuel Kelsey, Inke Forbich, and I loaded into the boat at the Plum Island Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research site (PIE-LTER) dock. The tide was high, water lapping against the mud banks of the marsh creek. Smooth cordgrass waved slightly in the ocean breezes above the shoreline, showing off their early summer emerald hues. Where…

LTER Road Trip: Science and Education on the Water

Every month, Field Technician Tim Montgomery loads his equipment onto a center console motorboat and heads off into the marshes surrounding Sapelo Island, Georgia. Over the course of several hours, he stops at multiple sites to check on the Georgia Coastal Ecosystem LTER network of data loggers continually collecting water quality parameters as they gently…