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.
Advancing and sharing fundamental and novel discoveries in ecology and applying them to the greatest environmental challenges.
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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Mar 14, 2023
Clayton Lynch Wins Best Student Presentation at NC AFS
Congratulations to Clayton for being recognized with the Best Student Presentation at the 2023 NC AFS meeting!
Mar 7, 2023
What Do Messy Lawns Have to do With Bee Food? A Bee Expert Explains
An NC State bee expert weighs in as part of a series exploring whether the way we manage our home lawns and gardens could make a difference for pollinators.
Mar 6, 2023
High Genetic Diversity of Commercial Honey Bees Is Also Uniformly Distributed
The genetic diversity of hundreds of commercial honey bees is high, but their genetics are largely the same highly diverse set, with no regional subpopulations. This is good news/bad news for managed colonies.