The Center for Forest Ecosystem Assessment (CFEA) at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama is a Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), a National Science Foundation (NSF) program. NSF, through the CREST program, provides resources for minority-serving research institutions and acts as a catalyst for the development of education and research in ecology on the Cumberland Plateau.
For a brief overview, see our 2016 Four Minute Presentation to the NSF HBCU-UP CREST PI/PD meeting.
Our mission is four-tiered:
to train students (both undergraduate and graduate levels), especially those underrepresented in the STEM fields, in a variety of ecology-based research;
to conduct state-of-the-art research in forest and watershed ecosystems of the southern Cumberland Plateau region;
to improve the infrastructure of our research facilities; and
to contribute relevant data to policy and conservation management of the Cumberland Plateau’s natural resources.