Aquatic research and stream ecology

Ecosystem Experts

The Applied Ecology department exists to advance and share fundamental and novel discoveries in ecology and apply them to our greatest environmental challenges.

data-points icon

32,000+ Citations

Our team aquatic research, entomology, fisheries, and theoretical ecology publications contribute to global environmental change.

Browse our Library
graduate icon

Preparing Leaders

Our students get first-hand experiences that make our alumni top influencers in research, management, and education.

Explore Student Pathways
handshake icon

Cultivating Collaboration

We work in partnership with research sites and programs across North Carolina, the United States, and the world.

Find A Program

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