Founded in 1983 by the eminent ecologist Dr. Gene E. Likens, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is a world-renowned leader in applying the ecosystem approach to some of society's most pressing problems, from the quantity and quality of freshwater resources to the health of our forests. The unbiased scientific information produced by our scientists is essential to sound environmental policy, management decisions, and education curricula.
The Cary Institute is one of the largest ecological programs in the world. More important than its size, however, is the quality of its output. Books and articles authored by Cary Institute ecologists influence scientists and policy makers. Cary Institute-generated curricula are building essential bridges between ecological thinking and classroom instruction. Conferences and workshops held onsite encourage dialogue and information exchange.
Globally relevant, Cary Institute research is truly science in the service of society. A society that understands and appreciates ecological systems is much more likely to protect them for future generations.
Institute — a special place where scholars, students, and educators come together to learn and create important knowledge
Ecosystem — a place on Earth where living things and the environment interact, following the basic laws of ecology
Studies — a coordinated set of activities leading to useful understanding and learning