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.

Training the Next Generation of Scientists

We train students to become world-class scientists and leaders, investigating grand environmental challenges. Our globally-recognized faculty conduct interdisciplinary work that engages students and the general public alike and apply their knowledge to the surrounding world. With a unique ecological depth and breadth, we cover everything from fish management and biogeography to pollinators and aquaculture.

Committed to Our Environment and Our World

As scientists and teachers dedicated to interdisciplinary research, instruction and service, we’ve developed several programs and centers that help us advance our knowledge of ecological systems and the environment throughout North Carolina and the world, including:

  • The NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program
  • The Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology
  • North Carolina Agromedicine Institute
  • The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center