Overhead photo of forest and stream in fall

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."Rachel Carson

Humans, non-human organisms, and the abiotic environment create a complex set of socio-ecological processes, patterns, interactions, and connections. The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) aims to advance our knowledge of this inherent complexity of social-ecological systems. Our members conduct research in ecosystem ecology, ecosystem response to global change, climate change adaptation and mitigation, carbon sequestration and bioenergy, plant, wildlife, aquatic and community ecology, invasive species, decomposition, and ecosystem restoration. The ESC helps researchers identify funding opportunities, develop externally funded research proposals, assist in the creation and management of multiple investigator proposal and project teams, and provides seed funding for their research.

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