FCE LTER Journal Articles


Spatial variation in the accumulation of POPs and mercury in bottlenose dolphins of the Lower Florida Keys and the coastal Everglades (South Florida)


Dick Jan, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bush Estate
Daniel E. Orenstein, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Jennifer M. Holzer, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Christopher Wohner, Environment Agency Austria
Anne-Laure Achard, Irstea Ur Maly
Christopher Andrews, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Bush Estate
Noa Avirel-Avni, Dead Sea and Arava Science Center
Pedro Beja, Universidade do Porto; Universidade de Lisboa
Nadege Blond, Université de Strasbourg
Javier Cabello, University of Almería
Chilling Chen, Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute
Ricardo Diaz-Delgado, Doñana Biological Station
Georgios V. Giannakis, University of Almería
Simone Gingrich, Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt
Zita Izakovicova, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Kinga Krauze, European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Nicolas Lamouroux, Irstea Ur Maly
Stefan Leca, National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry "Marin Dracea"
Viesturs Melecis, University of Latvia
Kertesz Miklos, MTA Centre for Ecological Research
Maria Mimikou, National Technical University of Athens
Georg Niedrist, Institute for Alpine Environment
Christophe Piscart, Université Rennes 1
Carmen Postolache, University of Bucharest
Alexander Psomas, National Technical University of Athens
Margarida Santos-Reis, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Ulrike Tappeiner, University of Innsbruck
Kristin Vanderbilt, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International UniversityFollow
Gunther Van Ryckegem, Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)


With an overarching goal of addressing global and regional sustainability challenges, Long Term Socio-Ecological Research Platforms (LTSER) aim to conduct place-based research, to collect and synthesize both environmental and socio-economic data, and to involve a broader stakeholder pool to set the research agenda. To date there have been few studies examining the output from LTSER platforms. In this study we enquire if the socio-ecological research from 25 self-selected LTSER platforms of the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network has produced research products which fulfil the aims and ambitions of the paradigm shift from ecological to socio-ecological research envisaged at the turn of the century. In total we assessed 4983 publically available publications, of which 1112 were deemed relevant to the socio-ecological objectives of the platform. A series of 22 questions were scored for each publication, assessing relevance of responses in terms of the disciplinary focus of research, consideration of human health and well-being, degree of stakeholder engagement, and other relevant variables. The results reflected the diverse origins of the individual platforms and revealed a wide range in foci, temporal periods and quantity of output from participating platforms, supporting the premise that there is a growing trend in socio-ecological research at long-term monitoring platforms. Our review highlights the challenges of realizing the top-down goal to harmonize international network activities and objectives and the need for bottom-up, self-definition for research platforms. This provides support for increasing the consistency of LTSER research while preserving the diversity of regional experiences.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreements #DEB-1237517, #DBI-0620409, and #DEB-9910514. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



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