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Welcome to the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. From our beginnings as a grasslands lab to the world class ecosystem research institute we are today, the laboratory's mission “to develop a better understanding of the natural world and how we as members of that system interact within it” remains unchanged.
This true interdisciplinary approach has enabled our researchers to penetrate the complexities of ecosystems by linking the dynamics of soil, plant and animal life, and the atmosphere. Only through a clear understanding of how these elements are interrelated will we be able to devise management strategies that will ensure the long-term viability of our earth.
Within the larger body of research at NREL, four concentrated research programs, an advanced analytical laboratory, and a specialized UV-B unit are the central focus of our ecological exploration.
-- NREL Director John Moore