Research Centers & Labs
|Center for Sustainable Communities||
The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) develops and promotes new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. They act as a resource for government agencies, community organizations, and developers, providing objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to land use and water resources planning and development.
Research in the Cordes laboratory focuses on the ecology of deep-sea ecosystems at all levels of biological organization.
Research in the Freestone laboratory bridges classic community ecology with macroecology.
|Renewable Energy Lab||
The Renewable Energy Laboratory is where Dr. Svetlana Neretina and her research team are fabricating II-VI semiconductors for next-generation photovoltaic devices. The team aims to devise and provide a fundamental understanding of exotic growth modes which give rise to thin films and nanostructured materials superior to those fabricated through traditional means. The materials produced will be incorporated into solar cell architectures to determine if the superior properties translate into improved solar cell performance.
The Sewall Lab seeks to (1) understand the structure and dynamics of mutualistic (mutually beneficial) interactions in ecological communities, (2) clarify how rapid human-caused environmental change is affecting these interactions and biodiversity more generally, (3) assess threats to biodiversity and identify spatial priorities for biodiversity conservation at local to global scales, and (4) develop viable, science-based strategies for biodiversity conservation in collaboration with local stakeholders.
|Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center||
The Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center which focuses on water quality and emerging contaminants (ECs). The WET Center mission is to develop technologies and methods to detect, understand, mitigate and/or control emerging contaminants (ECs) as well as other traditional contaminants in the environment that can adversely impact water quality and the environment.