University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

BioCON Experiment

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a University of Minnesota biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America. Faculty, staff and students who work at Cedar Creek are dedicated to understanding how human activities, such as agriculture and fossil fuel combustion, are changing ecosystems. 
Many of the experiments at Cedar Creek consider the long-term consequences of human-driven environmental changes. These include ecosystem responses to:
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Nitrogen deposition
  • Elevated carbon dioxide
  • Warming and changes in precipitation
  • Exotic species invasions

Cedar Creek is part of the College of Biological Sciences and a member of the Long Term Ecological Network.



Long Term Ecological Research Network at Cedar Creek

Cedar Creek has been a participating site in the National Science Foundation funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network since 1982.  This network of  28 sites across the US captures data that provides a longer term context for ecological processes. 

Learn more about the Cedar Creek (CDR) LTER program here.

Learn more about the LTER Network here.

We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Read Cedar Creek's Code of Conduct

Update on COVID-19

The University of Minnesota and Cedar Creek continue to update their responses to the COVID-19 virus.  As the challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to change rapidly, the University of Minnesota‚Äôs top priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our University community.

Updates regarding the University of Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 are available at

Minnesota Department of Health Covid-19 safety recommendations

We will continue to share information as it becomes available. Thanks for your patience.