ECOR Labs (Environmental Control for Organismal Research Laboratories)
The ECOR Laboratories provide University of Montana researchers with the equipment, space, and centralized support necessary to conduct mechanistic experiments investigating plant, microbe, and invertebrate responses to controlled environmental variables. The ECOR facilities may be used by all faculty, students, and staff at the University of Montana, as well as regional scientists.
Living organisms are exquisitely attuned to environmental conditions to time important life history events and modulate their physiology. The ECOR Labs make it possible for UM scientists to go beyond field observations, to investigate the precise environmental variables controlling natural patterns. Understanding the mechanistic basis and fitness effects of such environmental responses is key to many basic and applied questions in science, from understanding species range limits, to predicting population resilience to climate change, to choosing materials for ecological restoration.