What Makes Cedar Creek a Unique Outdoor Laboratory?

What Makes Cedar Creek a Unique Outdoor Laboratory?


Cedar Creek is an incredible outdoor laboratory. It’s nine square miles of land that was donated to the University in the 1940s and 50s. that has an immense array of different kinds of ecosystems ranging from … prairie grasslands, oak savanah, fields that had been farmed and are abandoned and undergoing what’s called succession. So, it’s an incredibly diverse place. It has all of the major ecosystems of not only of Minnesota but of the whole eastern half of the United States. Within the field of ecology, Cedar Creek is one of the best known places for ecological research around the world. This heritage started a long time ago when Raymond Lindeman, who was a student here in the 1930s and 40s, did work that became a paper that changed the whole discipline of ecology. And since then, there have been a number of landmark studies at Cedar Creek. The work that we’ve been doing here for the last 25 or so years, is the most highly sited by other scientists, research that has gone on in ecology during that period.

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