Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

The Great Basin is geographically well defined, bounded on the west by the Sierra Nevada range, on the north by the northern edge of southern plains of Idaho, on the east by the Wasatch range of Utah, and on the south by the Mojave desert in southern Utah and Nevada.

The objectives of the Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GB-CESU) are to:

  • Provide research, technical assistance and education to federal land management, environmental and research agencies and their potential partners;
  • Develop a program of research, technical assistance and education that involves the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences needed to address resources issues and interdisciplinary problem-solving at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context at the local, regional and national level; and
  • Place special emphasis on the working collaboration among federal agencies and universities and their related partner institutions.


The GB-CESU is a participating organization in the Great Basin Consortium, an informal collaboration among partner organizations working in the Great Basin.