About Department of Global Ecology

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 to advance scientific research and understanding in the United States. His intention was for the Institution to seek out exceptional scientists and provide them with a flexible environment and the financial independence to pursue their own research initiatives.

On July 1, 2002, Global Ecology became the first new Carnegie Department in more than 80 years. Global Ecology is a new discipline, based on technologies and concepts that make it possible to study ecological processes and mechanisms at a continuum of spatial scales, up to the scale of the entire planet.

Department of Global Ecology is co-located with Carnegie's Department of Plant Biology on the campus of Stanford University. The Carnegie Institution's rich history with northern California and Stanford University dates back to 1927.