Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student, Alex Collins, stands in a study plot examining how extreme variations in climate effect water use and productivity of big tooth aspen and sugar maple. Alex was awarded a Graduate Student Research Grant from the ESC to supplement his work.

ESC Undergraduate Reseach Awards

Undergraduate Reseach Awards

Auriel Van Der Laar holds a Blue-winged Warbler. In addition to helping Graduate Student, Amber Roth, with her PhD research, Auriel received an ESC undergraduate research award to conduct a study of her own.

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series

DELS will celebrate its 10th anniversary in fall of 2012. Dan Binkley, Professor of Forest Ecology at Colorado State University was one of the first invited ecologists to come to DELS and will be returning to give a talk along with Steve Running, Mary Power and Rich Norby.

Student Research Forum

Student Research Forum

Graduate student, Jonathan Ebel presenting his award-winning poster to the ESC judges at the 8th Annual Student Research Forum. This year's competition had two grand prize winners. Jonathan was one recipient, the other was Adam Coble.

 Research Grants

Research Grants

PhD candidate Kevyn Juneau shown here planting mesocosms of native prairie plants to investigate competition with the invasive plant, Canada thistle. This research was funded by a research grant awarded by the ESC.

Student Research Forum

Student Research Forum

The 8th Annual Student Research Forum, March 2012, sponsored by the ESC and the Biotech Research Center had record breaking numbers of posters for both graduate and undergraduate work.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants

The ESC provides travel grants for graduate students to attend conferences. Nan Pond stands by her poster at the National meeting of the Society of American Foresters in Albuquerque, NM.

Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship

Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship

Undergraduate, Jill Smith, inoculating red pine seedlings with mycorrhizal fungi. Jill worked with ESC member, Dana Richter, in the Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship program.

Sponsored Conferences

Sponsored Conferences

The ESC sponsors ecosystem science related conferences. Participants of the Carbon in Northern Forests field trip visit a girdling study at the Forest Accelerated Succession ExperimenT (FASET) Pellston, MI.

Ecosystem Science Center

Welcome to the ESC

Our members conduct research in ecosystem ecology, ecosystem response to global change, carbon sequestration and bioenergy, wildlife ecology, aquatic ecology, invasive species ecology, ecosystem restoration, decomposition processes, and community ecology.

Our Mission

"To promote understanding of ecosystem function through education and research at Michigan Technological University."

The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) is designed to advance our understanding of how ecosystems function and how human activities influence ecosystem processes. The Center's two main objectives are to:

(1) foster ecosystem research and

(2) educate graduate and undergraduate students in the area of ecosystem science. These two objectives will be met through collaboration among faculty, staff and students interested in ecosystem science.

Research Projects

Our members conduct research in ecosystem ecology, ecosystem response to global change, carbon sequestration and bioenergy, wildlife ecology, aquatic ecology, invasive species ecology, ecosystem restoration, decomposition processes, and community ecology. See some of our many research projects.

 

Opportunities for Graduate Students 

In addition to promoting faculty research, the ESC promotes ecosystem science education for our graduate and undergraduate students. Opportunities for ESC students.