The Agroecology research program is based at Buck Island Ranch, Archbold’s 10,500-acre working cattle ranch. This program utilizes the ranch as a platform for research on environmental and economic sustainability and focuses on the role of grazing lands in the Headwaters of the Everglades. Archbold's Buck Island Ranch, along with its partner at the University of Florida Range Cattle Research Center, is one of 18 sites in the USDA's Long-term Agroecosystem Research network (LTAR). LTAR is a nationwide network designed to assess strategies for sustainable intensification of agriculture.
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Primary Research Areas
Biodiversity, Carbon, Ecosystem services, Fire, Forage, Grazing, Greenhouse gases, Invasive species, Soil, Water, Wetlands, Wildlife
Archbold Biological Station, Buck Island Ranch, Headwaters of the Everglades Watershed, St. Lucie River Watershed, Caloosahatchee River Watershed
People working in this program
Betsie B. Rothermel, Ph.D.
Director of Herpetology & Restoration Ecology, Associate Research Biologist
USDA Long-term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR)
The LTAR Network is composed of 18 sites across the United States, forming a nationwide network designed to assess strategies for sustainable intensification of agriculture at the national scale.
Climate change on the ranch
Our work seeks to understand how alternative grazing and land management strategies affect the resilience of grasslands to altered precipitation regimes.
Assessing feasibility of pumping nutrient-rich water from C-41 canal to irrigate forage grasses in an abandoned citrus grove and track nutrient removal via harvested forage.
Nutrient Network: A Global Research Cooperative
Investigating the role of grazers or fertilization in controlling plant biomass, diversity, and composition
Disturbance and Resources Across Global Grasslands
Assess vegetation recovery from disturbance across grasslands worldwide
Ranch Water Services
Archbold monitors and reports on water management alternatives on 16 ranches and 3 protected public land projects.
Ranch Wetland Experiment
Understanding how management decisions affect wetland conservation value and wetland functions that benefit society.
Ranch Wetland Restoration
Assessing the success of wetland restoration at Buck Island Ranch and the Reserve.
Seeding for Soil Health
We evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of overseeding cover crops into ranchlands to improve soil health and water quality.
Featured News & Scientific Publications
Long‐term response of wetland plant communities to management intensity, grazing abandonment, and prescribed fire.