Research Resources


NCED trains the next generation of interdisciplinary, quantitative Earthy-surface scientists.  We provide emerging scientists with a network of mentoring and facility resources upon which to grow. 
We make a difference in the careers of young scientists around the world via training opportunities.
We provide members of Earth-surface community with the research infrastructure, tools and data necessary for objective, predictive restoration science and practice.
NCED's research field sites and experimental facilities are accessible to researchers who participate in the many programs NCED supports. Find out more about how to participate:

NCED Tools & Data: NCED's decision-making tools consist of models, code, and small applications that help researchers and practitioners take a science-based, predictive approach to restoration design. These tools include the NCED Data Repository, a cache of data created or compiled by NCED-funded scientists, the Stream Restoration Toolbox, and the Ripple and GeoNet applications.

The Visitor Program, funded by NCED through NSF, is a competitive program that provides funds for scientists to conduct NCED-related research at one of NCED’s many unique facilities. Thus far, the program has facilitated over 25 visitor groups that have produced exciting results and spawned integrative research exchanges.

Program Goals
The visitor program has two goals:
1.To provide experimental opportunities to researchers.
2.To provide opportunities for community development and collaboration.

The small grants that are awarded through the Visitor Program provide groups with the opportunity to conduct experiments or field work that may not otherwise happen. Research conducted under the Visitor Program ends up in refereed journals and conference proceedings. As important as the research, the visitor experience and collaboration that occur during a visit are also critical aspects of the program. Many of the visitors that participate in the program are graduate students or faculty. The relationships that develop during a research visit often lead to future collaborations.

For questions please contact:

Sara Mielke
NCED Visitor Program Manager
National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics

Phone: 612.624.5972 Fax: 612.624.0066  

Faculty to Faculty (F2F) is an innovative program that NCED has developed to increase participation by underrepresented groups in NCED's scientific disciplines. Through this project, we build research ties with faculty members from schools with large minority enrollments, particularly minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Faculty to Faculty Program participants begin by visiting an NCED research facility or participating in a Workshop or Working Group. After these introductory activities, faculty who would like to continue working with NCED are invited to submit a written research proposal, which often takes the form of applying to become an NCED Visitor. Faculty to Faculty participants receive mentoring from NCED PIs, and students at their institutions are actively encouraged to apply to NCED research positions at the undergraduate and graduate level.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Diana Dalbotten
Diversity Director
National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics 612-624-4608

Research Experience for Undergraduates- The NCED REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources introduces undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research on sustainable land and water resources that is essential for improving management practices. Students will work on one of three teams using an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods. Student projects will integrate the Earth-surface dynamics, geology, ecology, limnology and paleolimnology, and hydrology principles and techniques required for sustainable land and water management and restoration.  

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Diana Dalbotten
Diversity Director 612-624-4608