The Carnegie Institution for Science is a private organization that conducts basic research for the benefit of humanity.
Its Department of Global Ecology, founded in 2002 on the campus of Stanford University, conducts basic research on the interactions among the earth's ecosystems, land, atmosphere, and oceans. The goal of this research is understanding the ways these interactions shape the behavior of the earth system, including its responses to future changes. The Department of Global Ecology includes faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates, plus technical and administrative staff. There are opportunities for volunteers who wish to be involved in the research.
Funding for the Department of Global Ecology comes from the Carnegie Institution, private foundations, and federal and state agencies.