VPR Cramer Tours Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Vice President for Research Chris Cramer visited the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve on Thursday. Cedar Creek, located in East Bethel, MN and part of the UMN College of Biological Sciences, is a biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America.

Faculty, staff, and students conduct research at Cedar Creek to understand how human activities, such as agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, are changing ecosystems. Many of the experiments consider the long-term consequences of human-driven environmental changes, taking into account factors such as biodiversity loss, nitrogen deposition, elevated carbon dioxide, warming and changes in precipitation, and exotic species invasions.

Three people walk through a dense natural prairie


group of people stand among prairie research plots with various hardware contraptions and signs


Framed plastic sheets hanging by a tripod-like frame cover a prairie section


Person standing in prairie grass explaining to observers with hand gestures.


Several people walk through a dense forest along a raised grated pathway.