Texas Ecological Laboratory?
The Ecological Laboratory ("Eco Lab") Program provides researchers with access to private land for ecological research in Texas. Landowners invite highly qualified researchers to carry out confidential research on their properties, and support the research via small amounts of grant funding ($5,000 - $10,000).
An Ecological Laboratory gives landowners the chance to transition into wildlife management after hosting research on their property for 5 years — without grazing or farming. This allows the property to remain pristine, and more conducive to wildlife management.
We are currently working with researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Tyler, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M San Antonio, Trinity University, Rice University, Texas State University, Baylor College of Medicine, and University of Houston, among others.
The Ecological Laboratory Program brought research opportunity to over 100 properties and 4 new counties in 2021.
The Ecological Laboratory Program is now accepting proposals from researchers who are interested in participating in the program in 2023. Properties from 2021, 2022 and the new 2023 properties are available for research commencing January 1, 2023. The deadline to submit a proposal to do research in 2023 is October 10, 2022.