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LTREB Costa Rica

People stand next to a vehicle on a dirt road to admire a tropical sunset.

Costa Rica Close-Up

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Take a virtual trip to Maritza Biological Station, which houses one of the world’s longest continuously running data collections from tropical freshwater ecosystems.

David Arscott and Rafa Morales stand in a stream in Costa Rica.

Tropical Research Reveals Climate Change Impacts on Water Quality

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Stroud Center scientists continue to investigate how climate change influences tropical species and ecosystem dynamics.

Postcard from Costa Rica

Postcard from Costa Rica: A Caracolera Comes Calling

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Rafa Morales, station manager at Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica, shares photos and videos of interesting wildlife he encounters.

People being trained to identify aquatic macroinvertebrates.

Global Impact: Preserving and Conserving Fresh Water Around the World

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Stroud™ Water Research Center scientists and educators are advancing knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems on five continents.

Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB): Dynamics of Stream Ecosystem Responses Across Gradients of Reforestation and Changing Climate in a Tropical Dry Forest

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Stroud Water Research Center has expanded on 20 years of research on tropical streams near the Maritza Biological Station in northwest Costa Rica, which provides the framework of this study,…

Rafa Morales, station manager at Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica, with Jamie Blaine, author.

Talking About Rafa: Maritza’s Manager In Words and Pictures

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Those who know Morales best describe him with words that are often identical: Intelligent. Conscientious. Responsible. Curious. Honest. Funny.

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Maritza: Unlocking the Secrets of Water in the Developing World

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“Our work at Maritza is critical to our mission. It has enabled us to understand global water and climate issues in ways we could not have done without it.”

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Sustained losses of bioavailable nitrogen from montane tropical forests

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Brookshire, E.N.J., L.O. Hedin, J.D. Newbold, D.M. Sigman, and J.K. Jackson. 2012. Nature Geoscience 5:123–126.

Maritza Biological Station dormitory with Orosi volcano in the background.

Studying Tropical Waters To Understand the Impacts of Climate Change

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Naturally occurring differences in temperature, rainfall, and hydrological characteristics of tropical landscapes will yield useful information about how climate variation and change may impact the diverse species that populate our planet, and teach us more about climate feedbacks to carbon cycling processes.

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