U.S. Shutdown Disrupts Long-Term Ecosystem Studies

Jeff tries to explain how government works to readers of Science.

Ecologists often rely on data collected regularly over many years to tease out subtle changes in natural systems. But the U.S. government shutdown has thrown many long-term research projects into disarray, threatening to cancel field seasons and leave gaps in data. Among the possible casualties: projects in Antarctica and the western United States. Still, one researcher who had a long-term project ended as a result of a merit review—and not an unrelated political brawl—says researchers need to expect they will face data gaps, and be prepared to deal with them.

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