Ecology and Ecosystems

Ecology, Ecosystems, and Environmental Policy

Given our location at the intersection of the largest freshwater lake in the world and breathtakingly large forests, researchers studying ecology, ecosystems, and environmental policy simply can’t ask for a better backyard. Michigan Technological University researchers are able to leverage access to remarkable natural resources and state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for groundbreaking research in a strikingly diverse number of projects.

Ecology, ecosystems, and environmental policy research at Michigan Tech encompasses a vast expanse of topics and biomes. Researchers track migration patterns of the golden winged warbler from high atop rocky Keweenaw outcrops, model the spread of invasive species deep within the Great Lakes, monitor the health of local streams' ecosystems, and study and share the importance and impact of environmental policy on all stakeholders.

Graduate Research

At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in ecology, ecosystems, and environmental policy and related areas.

Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to ecology, ecosystems, and environmental policy through our faculty locator.

Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:

Enterprise Teams

Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines. Active enterprise teams in related categories include:

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.


Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Mind Trekkers

The Mind Trekkers traveling road show revels the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

Learn more about Mind Trekkers

Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.

Learn more about SYP

Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:

  • summer institutes and courses for teachers,
  • Great Lakes education,
  • investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
  • outdoor science field trips, and
  • family forest, science, and engineering nights.

Learn more about WUP Center

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