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Research Centers

The following are research centers associated with ECO:


Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory

The Conte Lab is a research facility of the USGS, located adjacent to the Connecticut River in Turner’s Falls, 12 miles north of the UMass campus. Research focuses on the ecology, physiology, and behavior of Atlantic salmon and other anadromous fish species, and on biological and engineering issues of upstream fish passage in the Connecticut River watershed. The Chief of the lab is Stephen P. Garabedian.


Cooperative for Marine Education and Research (CMER)

CMER at UMass is one of four partnerships that the NFMS Northeast Marine Fisheries Science Center at Woods Hole has formed with universities in the Northeast. The Center fosters collaboration in marine research between NFMS scientists and UMass faculty and students–ranging from ecological studies of fish species to food science issues with seafood products to human dimensions of subsistence fishing. The director of CMER is Ken Sherman.


Family Forest Research Center (FFRC)

This is a collaborative effort between the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Environmental Conservation. The goal of the FFRC is to conduct relevant research that helps understand the social and economic dimensions of family forestry in order to promote sustainable forest management that meets the current and future needs of landowners, communities, and society


Harvard Forest

The Harvard Forest is a research facility of the Harvard University, located in the town of Petersham, 25 miles east of UMass. It is an NSF Long Term Ecological Research site, focusing on the impact of natural and human-caused disturbances on forests. Several scientists at the Harvard Forest are UMass adjunct faculty members, including the Director David Foster.


Large Pelagics Research Center

The Large Pelagics Research Center is located in Gloucester’s Hodgkins Cove. The lab works closely with fishermen and uses state-of-the-art technologies to conduct biological and ecological research on pelagic species including tunas, sharks, billfish, and sea turtles.  The lab endeavors to develop scientific understanding that supports effective ecosystem-based management strategies for these highly migratory Atlantic species. Molly Lutcavage is the lab’s director.


Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The Coop Unit consists of three USGS scientists whose research work is funded collaboratively through state and federal agencies and conservation organizations. The focus of research is on wildlife ecology and management in surburban areas, and on the use of quantitative approaches for solving natural resource issues. Steve DeStefano is the head of the Unit, and the members have offices in Holdsworth Hall.

Massachusetts Bienniel Report 2012-2013


New England Research Institute for Moose and Forest Dynamics

The New England Research Institute for Moose and Forest Dynamics focuses on the ecology and dynamics of moose and forest interactions. Specifically, we study the movements and habitat use of moose throughout central and western Massachusetts and examine the relationships between moose ecology and woody vegetation regeneration, structure, and composition with respect to forest harvesting strategies.


USDA Forest Service – Wildlife Habitat Research Unit

This research group (Unit 4251 of the Forest Service’s Northeastern Research Station) conducts research that focuses on determining the relationships of fish and wildlife species to forest habitat conditions, and developing habitat management techniques to benefit those species. The Unit is led by Keith Nislow, and is located in Holdsworth Hall.


Watershed Education and Technology Partnership

The Partnership is a joint venture of UMass Amherst and the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area of the State and Private Forestry branch to focus on the conservation of forests to protect aquatic ecosystems and public water supplies. The primary goal of research and development is to interpret and adapt scientific research to meet the needs of natural resource managers, environmental regulators, policy makers, and the public. The offices and lab of the partnership staff is in 208-209 Holdsworth, and the director is Paul Barten.



Page updated: April 23, 2013