Information for Researchers


Any person or entity conducting research funded by or in association with the Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (PIE) as an investigator, postdoc, student, collaborator, or staff researcher must follow the policies described below. In short, the requirements are to register annually with PIE and submit data and metadata during the research, or for some collaborators, when research concludes. Full details for these requirements are below. The Marine Biological Laboratory also requires non-MBL researchers to follow the MBL Unlawful Harassment Policy and the MBL Risk Waiver.



All researchers affiliated with PIE LTER are required to Register annually, regardless if you plan to visit PIE. When you register, you must also read and acknowledge the the Principles of Community and Boating Policy. All non-MBL researchers are also required to read and acknowledge the MBL Unlawful Harassment Policy and MBL Risk Waiver.



If you are visiting PIE and would like to request housing, please check housing availability on the PIE Housing Calendar and complete the Boat & Housing Request Form. PIE has two housing facilities available, Marshview and Rowley, which are able to sleep up to 21 people. Bedrooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that all visitors must provide their own sheets, linens and towels. For more information, download the Field Station User Guide.

Marshview Farm, 297 Newburyport Turnpike, Newbury, MA 01951 (get directions in Google Maps)
Rowley Field House, 95 Railroad Avenue, Rowley, MA 01969 (get directions in Google Maps)

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PIE has two boats that are available to use: the Growler, a 18' MariTime Skiff with 90HP Honda, and the Stein, a 16' Tracker Jon boat with 25HP Mercury. Use of the boats can not conflict with PIE staff use. First time boat users must schedule a boat training with prior to using boats. Use the Boat & Housing Request Form to request boat use.


Data and Metadata

All PIE researchers are participants in the LTER Network and are required to submit research data and metadata in accordance with the LTER Data Access Policy. We require researchers to submit data and metadata yearly to our research data archive. We publish this data in LTER-approved repositories at the time research results are peer-reviewed and published, or no later than 2 years after collection.

E-mail data and the completed Metadata Template to The PIE Information Manager will gladly assist with data archiving and publishing. Please reach out with any questions.