MFE database: Data from ecosystem ecology research by Jones, Solomon, and collaborators on the ecology and biogeochemistry of lakes and lake organisms in the Upper Midwest, USA

This database includes a wide variety of data from research by Stuart Jones, Chris Solomon, and colleagues on the MFE project beginning around 2010. The research focuses on lake ecosystems in the north-central United States, particularly at and near the UNDERC field station in northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan but also in Indiana and some other locations. Data are available from observational studies, lab experiments, and whole-lake experiments on hydrology; physical and chemical limnology; various components of the food web including phytoplankton, zooplankton, zoobenthos, and fish; and other quantities. Additional datasets in this collection include high-frequency sensor measurements of lake temeperature profiles, dissolved oxygen concentrations, nearby meteorological conditions, and derived estimates of ecosystem metabolism.

The complete database is available for download as a SQLite database file. We would appreciate you contacting us if you plan to make use of any of these data in presentations or publications. You can email Dr. Stuart Jones at or Dr. Chris Solomon at to let us know what you are up to and if you are interested in collaborating.