Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Database

Acceptance and utilization of LTER data requires that:

(1) The Principal Investigator be sent a notice stating reasons for acquiring any data and a description of the publication intentions.
(2) The Principal Investigator of the data set be sent a copy of the report or manuscript prior to submission and be adequately cited in any resultant publications.
(3) A copy of any resultant publications should be sent to:

Principal Investigator
Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Dataset URLs:METADATA: HTML, Rich Text, XML(EML compliant)
DATA: Comma Delimited, Excel file with Metadata and data
Dataset ID:PIE-Microbes-Genomics.01
Dataset Title:Descriptive data file for information regarding microbial genetic research in the environs of the PIE LTER
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Anne
Last Name:Giblin
Address line 1:Ecosystems Center
Address line 2:MBL
Address line 3:7 MBLSt
City:Woods Hole
Zip Code:02543
Investigator 2: 
First Name:John
Last Name:Hobbie
Address line 1:Ecosystems Center
Address line 2:MBL
Address line 3:7 MBLSt
City:Woods Hole
Zip Code:02543
Investigator 3: 
First Name:Byron
Last Name:Crump
Address line 1:University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Address line 2:Horn Point Laboratory
Address line 3:5745 Lovers lane
Zip Code:21613
Investigator 4: 
First Name:Jennifer
Last Name:Bowen
Address line 1:Biology Department
Address line 2:University of Massachuetts at Boston
Address line 3:100 Morrisey Blvd
Zip Code:02125
Associate Investigators:Jane Tucker, Hap Garritt
Keywords:PIE LTER, population dynamics, Parker River, Plum Island Sound, Ipswich River, watershed, microbes, genome, diversity, community, phylogenetic tree, sequence, accession number, bacterioplankton, ammonia oxidizers, nitogenase, Archaea, sulfate reducers, Vibrionaceae, chitin, salinity, marsh
Abstract:This is a descriptive, tabular dataset of publications related to microbial or genomic research conducted within PIE. Assession numbers for genetic sequences generated from PIE samples are provided where available, followed by a very brief description of analysis type and study objectives. Sampling locations within PIE, sampling dates, and habitat type (sea water, fresh water, sediment, marsh) are also given. Environmental data are included in some publications and are listed here (if brief) or availability is described. Links to sequence databases are given below in Methods.
Contact: Plum Island Ecosystems LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
7 MBL St
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone (508) 289 7485
Online URL:
Data File URL
Data File Name PIE-Microbe-Genomics
Beginning Date 1/1/2002
End Date 12/31/2011
Number of Data Records 25
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status Type 1
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Version 01: March 6, 2012, updated data and metadata. Used MarcrosExportEML_HTML (working)pie_excel2007.xlsm 2/28/2012 8:18 PM for QA/QC to EML 2.1.0
Geographic Description PIE LTER research site including watersheds and estuary, Essex County, MA  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate -71.22  
East Bounding Coordinate -70.75  
North Bounding Coordinate 42.83  
South Bounding Coordinate 42.5  
OR if single point location    
Taxonomic Protocols genetic sequencing
Organisms studied Bacteria; Archaea; Eukarya
Methods:Microbial genomic sequence data is available by conducting searches using accession numbers associated with the sequence of interest.
Examples of of searches are:
Entrez search, easily search by single accession number; returns sequence and publication information. Link:
Batch Entrez, Batch search a series of accession numbers after creating a Fasta-formatted text file; returns links to GenBank, Fasta, Graphics, Population Set and Related Sequences for each accession number. Link:

Batch Entrez Fasta-formatted text file should be a single column list of accession numbers with a ".1" added like a file extension. File should have no header line. Go to, follow the web site directions for using Batch Entrez
Fasta-formatted text file example:

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Units Measurement Scale Code Information Number Type DateTime Format Missing Value Code Missing Value Code Explanation
Bacterial Genome Citation Publications associated with bacterial genome research in PlE LTER   nominal       NA NA=data not available
Accession Numbers Description of accession numbers published in corresponding BacterialGenomeCitation   nominal       NA NA=data not available
Study Type Type of genomic study   nominal       NA NA=data not available
Location at PIE Geographic location where samples were collected for sequencing   nominal       NA NA=data not available
Habitat Type Habitat from which samples were collected for sequencing   nominal       NA NA=data not available
Environ Parameters Brief description of "environmental conditions" pertinent to samples collected for sequencing   nominal       NA NA=data not available
NotesKeywords Notes and keywords from associated Bacterial Genome Citation   nominal       NA NA=data not available