The Department of Applied Ecology welcomes students, collaborators, and colleagues regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age or disability status. The more diverse our department is the better we are; only diverse research teams are capable of solving the global environmental challenges faced by a diverse society. We are committed to self-evaluation, encouraging ongoing conversations and building an inclusive community, and have programs in place to produce meaningful outcomes. We also believe that actions speak louder than words, and we hope that you will be a part of our process to identify and undo structural racism in our institutions and research fields, and our progress towards anti-racism and equality.
Understanding Our Planet
Working at the intersection of basic and applied life sciences, our researchers utilize ecological approaches to solve local and global environmental challenges.
Our topics of interest and levels of analysis range from single species mechanisms to ecosystem-wide fundamentals. Whether studying sunflower pollen to entire landscape functions, we are passionate about understanding the living world in order to serve the greater good. Together, we advance and share fundamental and novel discoveries in ecology and apply them to our greatest environmental challenges.Learn More
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Our 2019-2024 plan outlines three goals that collectively further our mission.
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Nov 27, 2023
CALS Graduate Student Studies Tiny Bird Species
Emily Nastase, a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Ecology, is uncovering the secret life of Henslow’s Sparrows, a rare, grassland species that only visits two locations in North Carolina every summer.
Oct 24, 2023
A Parasitic Haunting: When Snakes are Eaten From Within
Skylar Hopkins and her Sustainable Health Ecology Lab study snake parasites to gain a better understanding of snake ecology.
Oct 11, 2023
Show Time at the State Fair
On this episode of the Farms, Food and You podcast, hear from CALS junior Olivia Mabe, who will be showing her halter-trained heifer at the North Carolina State Fair. Learn what makes a prize-winning cow and why you and your family should take a break from the rides, games and fried treats to check out the exhibition.