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The Cornell Experimental Ponds facility represents a unique research area consisting of 91 artificial ponds and two large reservoirs on about 160 acres of fully fenced land. The ponds were constructed beginning in 1962 for the purpose of providing facilities for replicated experiments in aquatic environments, and have been used for basic and applied research and for instruction in such classes as agronomy, limnology, and field ecology, as well as for various extension activities.

Past Experiments

While most of the recent and historical experiments here have focused on the most effective and biologically sound management of lakes and ponds, several other research projects have been aimed at semi-aquatic or even terrestrial biota. Some of the older studies that have been conducted at the ponds include:

  Influence of pond fertility on fish growth
  Growth and competitive interaction of emergent marsh vegetation
  Phenological studies of bulrush
  Long-term changes in marsh water chemistry
  Loss of N from aquatic systems
  Influence of environmental factors on algal productivity
  Aquatic herbicide evaluation
  Effects of nutrient enrichment on aquatic systems
  Structure and production dynamics of freshwater communities
  Female mimicry in bluegill sunfish
  Territorial behavior of the green frog
  Parental care and breeding biology of tree swallows
  Effects of varying light levels upon early aquatic plant growth using neutral density shades
 

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