The University of Colorado Mountain Research Station is located at 9500 ft (2900 m) in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Station is an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, and provides research and educational opportunities for scientists, students, and the general public.
During the summers, professional researchers and students from a variety of scientific disciplines hailing from all over the world take advantage of the Station's infrastructure to conduct experimental work at the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research site. Niwot Ridge runs for 5 km east-west, with the west end abutting the Continental Divide. Ecosystems include species diverse alpine tundra, and sub-alpine forest dominated by fir, spruce and lodgepole pine. These systems are used to study hydrology, ecosystem ecology, community ecology, mammology, behavioural ecology, and biosphere atomosphere interactions.
Students who participate in the program may also work during the day in laboratories housed in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology on the CU campus.
The photo gallery shows more images of Niwot Ridge, as well as student research from past REU groups.