About the Center

Purpose

The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) seeks 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 through the acquisition of extramural support; and
  2. improve Michigan Tech’s ability to educate graduate and undergraduate students in the area of ecosystem science.

These two objectives are met through collaboration among faculty, staff and students interested in ecosystem science.

Diversity and Inclusion

We first acknowledge that Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands and waters of many Indigenous nations, including the Anishinaabe — the Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. We also acknowledge our more-than-human relatives, including those with roots, wings, fins, and feet, who have called this region home since time immemorial. Finally, we acknowledge that Michigan Technological University is located within the Ojibwa (Chippewa) ceded-territory established by the Treaty of 1842, and we share lands, waters and responsibilities with several Lake Superior Bands of Chippewa Indians, including the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. (Statement courtesy of TECH SCEnE)

Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are ethical imperatives. Furthermore, science requires creativity and should welcome diversity simply for the pragmatic reason of increasing ingenuity. Yet, that has not been the case in practice and the realm of science, technology, engineering and mathematics continues to see a lack of women, Black, Indigenous and other minority group members, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities in the field. The ESC is working to support underrepresented people in the field of ecosystem science from undergraduate students to faculty.

Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at MTU.

ESC Charter

ESC Charter (2004)