Cedar Creek at 75
The University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve lies about 50 miles north of the Twin Cities at the boundary between prairie and forest. Cedar Creek has preserved the landscape that existed before modern agriculture, making it an ideal location to study the mechanisms that influence ecosystems. This week, a look at 75 years of pioneering discoveries and research at Cedar Creek.
Guest: Forest Isbell, Associate Director at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
- Part 1 – 12:56
Part 1 Cedar Creek sits at the confluence of three of the biggest biomes of North America, says Isbell. “This is where the Great Plains come together with the Eastern hardwood forests and the Northern boreal forest that comes down to us from Canada.” The preservation of these ecosystems has created a space for groundbreaking research at the U of M from the concept of food webs to the development of animal tracking devices. Today, Professor Dave Tilman’s research from Cedar Creek has made him the most cited ecologist in the world in recent decades.
- Part 2 – 13:38
Part 2As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, research at Cedar Creek is providing key insights into ecosystems’ responses to CO2 in the environment.
Cedar Creek will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Sept. 9. The public is invited from 1-5 pm for station tours, youth activities and more.
For more information on Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve go to: cedarcreek.umn.edu/