Columbia Environmental Research Center

Fact Sheet 2019-3040



The U.S. Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Center performs research to solve challenging environmental problems related to contaminants and habitat alterations in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The research is interdisciplinary and pursued through partnerships within the U.S. Geological Survey and with national, international, state, and local agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and universities. Research is prioritized to provide science to the U.S. Department of the Interior and other natural resource management agencies to inform rehabilitation of degraded habitats and imperiled fish and wildlife populations.

The Columbia Environmental Research Center was established in 1966 in Columbia, Missouri, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Pesticide Research Laboratory; the Columbia Environmental Research Center was incorporated into the U.S. Geological Survey in 1996. The U.S. Geological Survey’s staff of 130 includes 90 scientists of which one-half have advanced degrees in ecology, toxicology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, hydrology, geology, and information technology.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, Columbia Environmental Research Center: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3040, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • CERC Science Facilities
  • Basic and Applied Scientific Expertise at the CERC
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Columbia Environmental Research Center
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2019-3040
DOI 10.3133/fs20193040
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Missouri
City Columbia
Online Only (Y/N) N
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