Environmental Laboratory (EL)

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Restoring oyster reefs

A strong oyster population is vital to the Gulf of Mexico's ecology and economy. That's why we're working on experimental oyster reef habitats there.


Detecting natural threats

From snakes to bats, Soldiers face many naturally occurring threats in the field. We're developing sensors to detect them before Soldiers do.


Improving wildrice productivity

We're working with Native American tribes to help improve the productivity of wildrice, a culturally and ecologically valuable species.


At ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory (EL), we’re solving the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn about what we do and how you can join us.


ERDC biologists’ research noted in professional journal
Studies conducted by research biologists at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL) on the management of the invasive aquatic plant flowering rush...
ERDC science helps USACE districts ease time-of-year dredging restrictions
It was when he was a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University that Dr. Matt Balazik, a research ecologist with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental...
ERDC partners with Ohio universities to develop solutions for harmful algal bloom problem
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) established cooperative agreements with the Ohio State University (OSU), the University of Toledo (UToledo) and Bowling Green State...