The Ecological Research Center (ERC) of the Department of Biology was established
in 1974 on the South Campus of the University to conduct and coordinate research,
teaching, and service activities in ecology and related areas.
Major areas of research include: fish culture, wildlife biology, endangered and threatened
species, systematics, reproductive physiology, and physiological responses to the
environment. The ERC has formal research agreements with private, state, and federal
organizations to jointly pursue biological problems of mutual interest. The US Fish
and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Habitat Management Office, has offices in the ERC.
The teaching program of the ERC provides training for students interested in pursuing
careers in various fields and affords an opportunity for students to participate in
activities involving contemporary environmental problems.
Public service activities are directed toward promoting environmental awareness and
providing information and consultation services to those concerned with the environment.