LUQ-LTER Newsletter

November 2023 Fall

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Encuesta Ambiente Laboral LUQ

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Conferences of Interest

The 2024 BIOGEOMON Conference (the 11th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior) will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 7-11, 2024. Abstract submissions and registration is still open. Student discounts are offered, and there are applications for travel subsidy, if you're a resident of Puerto Rico, travel subsidies also apply. Please share! You can learn more here:

LUQ Monthly Meeting

Dr. Marcelo Ardón's talk
"Long term Patterns in Stream Nitrogen Dynamics and Forest Productivity at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica."

Time: Nov 8, 2023 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
4:00 PM (AST)

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Meeting ID: 839 2943 7711
Passcode: 469233
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Recent Publications from LUQ members


Bachelot, Bénédicte; Alonso-Rodríguez, Aura M.; Aldrich-Wolfe, Laura; Cavaleri, Molly A.; Reed, Sasha C.; Wood, Tana E. 2023. Seedling census and natural enemy survey data at a tropical understory forest warming experiment (TRACE) in Puerto Rico from 2015-2017. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.

Brocard G, Willebring JK, Scatena FN (2023) Shaping of topography by topographically-controlled vegetation in tropical montane rainforest. PLoS ONE 18(3): e0281835.

Jaclyn Everly and Donald Yee. 2023. Influence of a simulated hurricane on aquatic insect recolonization in the phytotelma of Heliconia caribaea (Heliconiacaea). Biotropica. Vol. 55, Issue 4, PP 866-876.

Santiago-Vera, J. and Ramírez, A. 2023. Meiofauna in Tropical Montane Streams: Biotic and Abiotic Factors Regulating Communities. Acta Biol Colomb, 28(2), 229-238.

García-Cancel J.G., and Cox R. 2023. Future Presence of an Invasive Grass in the Caribbean: Modeling Potential Distribution of Cenchrus ciliaris L. (Buffelgrass) in Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science Vol. 53 No. 2: pp. 229–242.

Research Collaboration from LUQ Members

One of our members, grad student Normandie González-Orellana, would like to ask for your support on documenting Farmstands in Puerto Rico.

This project was initiated as a collaboration between The Learning Partnership, Forward Learning, and the Department of Education to introduce spatial reasoning and ArcGIS to schools in Puerto Rico. Our target is to create a map of farmstands in Puerto Rico to further explore food availability and accessibility. Together we can collect enough data to further comprehend food security in the archipelago.

You can add data on a Farmstand using the Survey123. Collected data can be seen in the Dashboard. Some information about food security in Puerto Rico and the USA is available in the brochure. You can take a look at the supermarket chain map.

Thank you,
Thoughts or comments? Interested in sharing news or lab results in the next Newsletter? Please reach out to Juan G. García at, and we will be more than happy to include it. ¡Excelente semana!
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