Nutrient Network

Panorama of Autumn Mountain Valley at Mt. Sneffels

NutNet, established in 2007, is a network of more than 90 geographically and ecologically diverse research sites on five continents contributing data to a central effort aimed at understanding the role of nutrients and large vertebrates on grassland biodiversity and ecosystem function. IonE funding is helping researchers synthesize data across sites, ensure data quality and share findings with scientists around the world. It’s also helping the research team share their experience with network science with researchers in other fields who might also find the approach useful.

Project Lead

  • Elizabeth Borer, College of Biological Sciences
  • Peter Reich, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Eric Seabloom, College of Biological Sciences
  • Eric Lind, College of Biological Sciences
  • Habacuc Flores-Moreno, College of Biological Sciences


  • National Science Foundation
  • German Synthesis Centre for Biodiversity Sciences (sDiv)
  • U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research program (LTER)
  • Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
  • and many other universities, field stations and researchers