Texas Ecological Laboratory?
The Ecological Laboratory Program ("Ecolab") provides researchers with access to private land for ecological research in Texas. Landowners invite highly qualified researchers to carry out confidential research on their properties, and support the research via small amounts of grant funding ($5,000 - $10,000).
Ecolab gives landowners the chance to transition into wildlife management after hosting research on their property for 5 years — without grazing or farming. This allows the property to remain pristine, and more conducive to wildlife management.
We are currently working with researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Tyler, Texas A&M University, Trinity University, Rice University, Texas State University, Baylor College of Medicine, and University of Houston, among others.
The 2020 Ecolab year brought research opportunity to over 100 new properties in 6 new counties.
Ecolab is now accepting proposals from researchers who are interested in participating in the program in 2021. New properties, as well as continuing Ecolab properties, are available for research commencing January 1, 2021 (or earlier). The deadline to submit a proposal to do research in 2021 is October 4, 2020.