PLE Research

The Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology is the perfect location for conducting your research! We have 10 research labs, 276 acres of land that we own, thousands of acres of nearby public land, and a diversity of equipment to help any field researcher be productive.  Follow the links below to learn about the work other researchers are doing at PLE, the resources PLE makes available to researchers and steps to take to start your research project at PLE!

Current Research

PLE attracts researchers working on an array of topics. The topics of ongoing studies range from animal behavior and disease ecology to plant community ecology, plant-animal interactions and rapid evolution.


PLE has both outstanding laboratory and housing facilities to offer to researchers, in addition to the natural habitats that PLE makes available.

Fellowships and Grants

PLE has robust internal funding resources for researchers looking to get started on a project.

Information for Researchers

Click here to find out how to apply to do research at PLE, station fees and other valuable resources to get your project started!

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

PLE has a new for 2022 program for Pitt undergrads to get an authentic research experience.  Click here to find out more.


PLE researchers have been publishing the results of their work since the 1950's.  Follow this link to view a list of their publications.