The mission of the Center for Forest Ecology is to carry out a comprehensive research program aimed at solving the problems related to sustainability of forests and their native species. The Center's goals are:
Examine the impacts of forest fires, windstorms, invasive species, and climate change on forests, and how forests adapt to these elements of change. Studies span scales from stands to landscapes, taxonomic groups from earthworms to wildflowers and trees; they bridge the gaps between science, conservation, and management of forests.
Provide educational opportunities for top-ranked graduate students who are interested in research or management careers in natural resources.
Provide research, field and lab experience for undergraduate students, to help them get better preparation for future jobs or graduate school than from classes alone.
Provide outreach on exciting new discoveries in forest ecology for forest managers and the public.