About CERC

Columbia Environmental Research CenterColumbia Environmental Research Center
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of the Interior
4200 New Haven Road
Columbia, Missouri  USA  65201-8709
    phone: 573.875.5399   
    FAX: 573.876.1896

Rip S. Shively, Center Director
phone: 573.876.1900
FAX: 573.876.1855
email: rsshively@usgs.gov

Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC)

Mission: CERC conducts research needed to address national and international environmental contaminant issues and effects of habitat alterations on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Research is both focused and large-scale multidisciplinary with emphasis on research studies integrating scientific disciplines to address complex environmental issues on large geographical scales. Scientists at CERC form partnerships with national, state and local agencies, non-governmental organizations and universities to enhance scientific information needed for the management of our Nation’s resources. In addition to the main facility in Columbia, MO, CERC administers field research stations in Wyoming and South Dakota. 

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History :CERC was established in 1959 at the Denver Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and was called the Fish Pesticide Research Laboratory (FPRL). In 1966, the University of Missouri deeded 33 acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the FPRL moved to its present location. The Center was incorporated into the USGS in 1996.
Over its history in Columbia, MO, CERC has addressed contaminant research in support of sound natural resource management of the nation's aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. As the Center grows and matures, the scope of its research programs broadened to an integrated approach for even more complex resource problems. These complexities encompass several factors associated with the biological significance of degraded water quality that often includes physical landscape alterations, invasive and endangered species, and ecosystem restoration activities. Today CERC conducts environmental research in support of the Department of the Interior agencies, but also works with other federal government agencies, state, tribal, private, and non-governmental organizations, both national and international, to meet common needs and goals. 

Paul R. Heine Chemical Storage Building Dedication (October 24, 2014)

Richard A. Schoettger Research Building Dedication (October 17, 2012)
    media advisory

Building Construction and Aquatic Resources Renovation
 (see Groundbreaking photo gallery below)

    architectural rendering
    groundbreaking ceremony letter
    groundbreaking ceremony agenda
    media advisory for ceremony

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