Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)

Institute for Applied Ecology

Thomas N. Kaye, PhD
Executive Director and Senior Ecologist
Institute for Applied Ecology
(541) 753-3099 ext. 111

Key Research, Technical Assistance, and Education Strengths

IAE was founded in 1999 in Corvallis, Oregon, and our Southwest office was established in May 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. IAE has a diverse and active staff with expertise in habitat management, research and experimental design, restoration, education, and planning. Our internship program, in partnership with the Native Plant Societies of Oregon and New Mexico, has expanded to include over five participants a year, with a total alumni in excess of fifty. Our work has been recognized through The Wildlife Society Oregon Chapter Conservation Award (2013), Federal Highways Administration Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award (2012), Oregon Recreation and Parks Association Natural Resource Section Environmental Organization Award (2007), and the West Eugene Wetlands Award (2004).

The mission of the Institute for Applied Ecology is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. Our vision is a world where all people and wildlands are healthy and interact positively, biological diversity flourishes, and environmental challenges are met with a social commitment to solving problems with scientific principles. We provide a service to public and private agencies and individuals by developing and communicating information on ecosystems, species, and effective management strategies. We conduct restoration of habitats, and we conduct this work through partnerships with a diverse group of agencies, organizations and the private sector.