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 23, 2021
Remembering Tom Kwak
We remember Prof. Thomas J. Kwak, who suddenly passed away on November 19, 2021 while visiting his hometown of Momence, IL.
Nov 22, 2021
Outdoor Activity Tied to Mental Health of Teens, Young Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic
In two new studies, researchers from NC State found declines in outdoor activity and park use during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic were linked to young adults’, teens’ mental health.