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About Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve covers a nine-square-mile area in East Bethel, Minn. It is the site of some of the world’s longest running experiments, which are determining how ecosystems are responding to fertilization, biodiversity loss and climate change. Minnesota lies at the juncture of three great biomes of North America: Northern Conifer Forest, Eastern Deciduous Forest and Tallgrass Prairie. Cedar Creek contains flora and fauna of all three, as well as wetlands, lakes and, of course, the creek after which it is named. The station contains remarkable diversity of plants and animals including the largest nesting colony of red-headed woodpeckers in the region. Regents Professor Dave Tilman, who is director of Cedar Creek, has become the most highly cited ecologist in the world in recent decades. His seminal discoveries concerning the value of biodiversity inform the work of researchers around the world.