Ecosystems - Terrestrial, Freshwater, and Marine Ecosystems Program
Arid lands host diverse and easily disturbed plant and animal communities.
Coral reefs are under siege from disease, disturbance and degraded water quality.
Fire is an important part of many arid environments.
Forest ecosystems are undergoing large shifts due to climatic changes.
Ecosystem changes range from destruction of Gulf Coast wetlands to alterations in Alaskan tundra.
Grassland communities are vulnerable to a host of stressors.
Ecosystem problems require diverse scientific expertise.
Montane environments are not as isolated as they once seemed.
Continental shelf research helps guide Department of Interior management actions.
Changes in species composition and loss of habitat accompany urban expansion.
Wetlands are important buffers for coastal and fluvial environments.
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