While education is the primary goal of the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, a secondary goal is ecosystem restoration. In order to better understand the ecosystems and how successful LREC is at restoring them, researchers and staff have conducted extensive scientific studies on the ecology of the site.
Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) offers research grants for undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, or professional researchers conducting research at LREC on any topic related to ecology, conservation, or environmental science.
Our research has a number of goals:
- To evaluate the effectiveness of techniques used for restoring ecosystems.
- To study the dynamics of urban watersheds, particularly that of Deer Creek.
- To examine the effects of humans on ecosystems and understand the role of humans as a part of ecosystems.
- To better understand population dynamics, individual life histories of organisms living at LREC, interactions between organisms, and interactions between organisms and their environment.
To share information about ecology, restoration, and watersheds with the public and scientific community, resulting in improved ecological restoration practices and watershed planning.
To increase the connection of people with ecosystems resulting in an increased number of natural spaces in the community.