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Center for Forest Ecosystem Assessment

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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​.

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Our mission is four-tiered: 


  1. to train students (both undergraduate and graduate levels), especially those underrepresented in the STEM fields, in a variety of ecology-based research;

  2. to conduct state-of-the-art research in forest and watershed ecosystems of the southern Cumberland Plateau region;

  3. to improve the infrastructure of our research facilities; and

  4. to contribute relevant data to policy and conservation management of the Cumberland Plateau’s natural resources.



This is a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology, funded through the National Science Foundatio​n​  (grant #  1036600).   ​​