It has quickly become one of the largest research centers at Michigan Tech, totaling more than $2.5 million in expenditures its first year of existence.
It helps to have some high-profile projects under your umbrella, like the Isle Royale wolf-moose research and the Aspen FACE facility studying the effects of elevated carbon dioxide levels on forests.
But when you discuss the Ecosystem Science Center (ESC) with director Kurt Pregitzer, he doesn’t talk only about the research.
“We want to bring visibility to ecosystem science that extends beyond the university,” he said. “And we really are focusing on students.”
Pregitzer, a professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, ticks off examples . . .