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Crew having fun on the Shortgrass Steppe. Hat's required!

Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. Restoration ecology is the science upon which the practice of ecological restoration is based. Restoration ecology ideally provides clear concepts, models, methodologies and tools for practitioners in support of their practice.

REL In The News

~ Congratulations to the REL Spring 2014 Graduates! Amber Shanklin earned a M.S. in Ecology and now works in Colorado Springs for the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, serving as a Program Director. Garrett Stephens also earned his M.S. in Ecology and now works as a Conservation Forester for the Jefferson Conservation District. Kelly Chesus earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and will pursue a M.S. in Ecology under Dr. Ocheltree at CSU. Kelsey Correia earned a B.S. in Rangeland Ecology and will pursue a M.S. in Forestry as a Chevron Graduate Fellow at CSU.
~ Congrats to the REL Fall 2013 Graduates! Stephanie Barr earned a M.S. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and is continuing her position with the USFS at the Pawnee National Grasslands. Catherine Cumberland earned a M.S. in Ecology and is now attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque....READ MORE
REL Spotlight

Tim Hoelzle worked at the REL during both his undergrad and graduate degrees at CSU.  His MS degree working on restoration in the Piceance basin was so complex it caused his hair to retreat from the middle of his back to above his ears by the time he graduated.  Read more about Tim's REL career here.

Preston Brown was on the REL Lab/Field crew for two years while completing his undergraduate studies.  When he wasn't climbing mountains or taking kids on nature walks, he was the fastest seed siever around the lab.  Read more about Preston's REL experience here.

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   Now you can make a tax-deductible gift to directly support the Restoration Ecology Lab. In addition to developing innovative restoration techniques and training graduate students, the REL employs a small army of CSU undergraduate students to assist on all aspects of our research, providing critical hands on experience working alongside professors, technicians, and other students.
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