© 2014 Association of Ecosystem Research Centers

AERC: Association of Ecosystem Research Centers


How to Apply

Any institution actively engaged in ecosystem research or training is eligible for nomination and election to membership. To remain in good standing, a member must adhere to the purposes and policies of the AERC, and pay the $500 annual membership dues. "Members" are defined as institutions (e.g., centers, institutes, named laboratories) established and operated for scientific purposes and having a commitment to ecosystem programs broadly defined. Requests for membership shall be directed to the Secretary who shall transmit the application to the Board. Apply online.

Application for membership should include

(a) the mission statement of the candidate organization or individual and
(b) a brief summary of the organizations or individual’s activities and capabilities in the area of ecosystem training or research. Approval for membership shall be by a simple majority vote of the Board and payment of the $500 annual membership dues. Each member shall designate a representative and an alternate to the AERC.

The AERC may accept individual memberships by resolution of the Board. The Board may establish individual membership criteria and determine the obligations and privileges of said individual members. Individual members shall not have the power to vote on the member election of directors nor to participate in a binding member vote on any corporate matters. Unless specified by the Board and in keeping with the bylaws, Individual nonvoting members will otherwise enjoy the same rights and privileges as institutional members.

The section of our bylaws that describes criteria for membership is in Article III.

Current Members


Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
Center for Freshwater Studies-CFS, University of Alabama
Center for Water and the Environment, University of Minnesota
Earth & Ecosystem Sciences Division, Desert Research Institute
Earth, Ecosystem and Ecological Sciences, Dartmouth College
Ecology Center, Utah State University
Ecology Research Center, Miami University Ohio
Ecosystem Science Center, Michigan Technological University
Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory (MA)
Environmental Research Center, University of Notre Dame
Environmental Sciences Department, University of Virginia
Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Flathead Lake Biological Station, The University of Montana
Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Hancock Biological Station and Watershed Studies Institute, Murray State University
Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Urbana, IL
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire
Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies, University of Puerto Rico
Institute for Water & the Environment, Florida International University
Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Ichauway, Newton, GA
Konza Prairie Biological Station, Kansas State University
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC
Sevilleta Field Research Station, University of New Mexico
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
University of Kansas Field Station
University of Michigan Biological Station
USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University
W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, Bozeman, MT

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