College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Ecosystem Science Center

The Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) advances understanding of how ecosystems function and how human activities influence ecosystem processes. 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. We bring ecosystem science education to graduate and undergraduate students.

Peatlands, hardwoods, forest loss, and the reaction of roots and microbes to soil warming—our studies encompass multiple environments and collaborations with faculty, staff, and students.

Research Projects

Research Projects 

Learn more about our research.

Students Projects Welcome

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Annual ESC Student Research Forum. Present your poster covering advanced or preliminary research, get feedback to help with regional or national meetings—and compete for cash prizes.