Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

Data Center Description
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at the Colorado State
University at Fort Collins, CO is dedicated to the study of ecological
systems and to the application of scientific knowledge to the
preservation and management of natural resources. NREL is an
interdisciplinary research center within the university's College of
Natural Resources.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Agricultural Research Service and the university's departments of
Forest Science and Rangeland Ecosystem Science, NREL participates in a
field research site in the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER).
This site became part of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term
Ecological Research (LTER) program in 1982. NREL scientists conduct a
wide variety of studies at this site that focus on such topics as
plant-animal interactions, soil biotic processes, nutrient cycling,
greenhouse gas emissions, the formation of soils and the response of
grasslands productivity to climate variation and land-use changes.