Ecological Engineering Senior, Tessa Hanson takes fine-scale velocity measurements with four Acoustic Velocimeters in an experimental channel at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. 

Ecological Engineering is the design of sustainable systems in concert and consistent with ecological principles that integrates human activities with the natural environment to the benefit of both.

Ecological Engineering is focused on incorporating ecological principles into the design of both natural and human-dominated systems. It uses ecology as its fundamental design paradigm, emphasizing resilency, adaptation and systems approaches to develop engineered solutions that are sustainable, intrinsically incorporate a broad range of biological systems as components, and emphasize mutual improvement of both human and natural environments. This focus on incorporation of ecological principles in engineering design to promote development of robust, sustainable systems sets it apart from other engineering disciplines.

Within the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, program options are currently available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Active research projects

This research area applies principles of ecosystems science to the design and analysis of a wide range of processes and activities.