Our Lab manages the Evergreen Ecological Observation Network (EEON) project.  Visit the official website for this project: .

This project is a long-term research effort involving students and faculty conducting research on patterns and process in a 1000 acre lowland Puget Sound second-growth rainforest at the Evergreen State College. Major changes are expected and have already occurred in these lowland Puget Sound ecosystems associated with ecological and anthropogenic factors. Our efforts are centered on 44 intensively-studied long-term monitoring plots where we are measuring biological diversity, development, carbon dynamics, and decay of trees, snags, sub-canopy vegetation, and down-woody debris. We use a rotating subset of 10 plots to conduct detailed measurements of soil CO2 efflux, root production, spatial relationships between trees and and soils. These data allow us to improve understanding of carbon dynamics and forest structure in a model lowland Puget Sound forest, as well as develop and ask interesting questions related to forest structure and diversity. Over-time, these data will allow us to address how forests change, and how climate change is affecting ecosystems. We are interested in collaboration with other labs. Please contact us about data sharing and joint projects.



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    Interested in research in the EEON? Here is your chance. We are looking for a small crew of student researchers to do a research contract this fall (2014) on forest carbon flux in the EEON. Opportunities for renewal in the Winter. Students will be working with basic to advanced techniques in forest ecology and biogeochemistry. Tasks involve use of complex instrumentation in the lab and the field, and the ability to work as part of a dedicated field and lab research team. Do you have a background in biogeochemistry and forest ecology but you want more? Join us! Opportunities to publish research, present at scientific meetings, and get 16 credits, upper-division science. Contact Fischerd [at] for more info!

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A biogeochemistry and ecology research labratory at The Evergreen State College