Centers and Institutes


Center for Archaeological Studies

The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS) is an interdisciplinary center focusing on heritage and archaeological studies in New Jersey and the Northeast particularly, as well as in other geographic areas of the world where affiliated MSU faculty are working. CHAS is housed in MSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, where it has close links to the disciplines of Anthropology, Classics, General Humanities, and History. CHAS also has strong ties with the College of the Arts (especially Art History in the Department of Art & Design) and the Department of Earth & Environmental Studies in the College of Science and Mathematics.


Center for Environmental Management and Analysis

The Center for Environmental Management & Analysis (CEMA) at Montclair State University is located in the College of Science and Mathematics and the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Studies but provides university-wide leadership and coordination for energy and environmentally-related research and service activities. CEMA focuses its resources to address energy, air and water quality issues, solid and hazardous waste, sediment and land contamination, and coastal resource management. It has a base of researchers drawn from a wide range of academic departments at the university that specialize in: environmental business issues; environmental sustainability; waste management solutions and analysis; alternative energy systems (wind, solar, geothermal, hydro); geo-chemical and soils analysis; hydrologic modeling; geoscience and underground penetrating radar; and GIS mapping and remote sensing. 

New Jersey School of Conservation

The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) is the environmental field campus of Montclair State University. NJSOC is the only university research station in New Jersey that is located in a upland temperate forest habitat, and is thus an important site for investigations of biological processes and organisms in a heavily urbanized state. NJSOC’s mission is to contribute to the resolution of environmental problems by cultivating environmentally responsible behaviors that will encourage scientists, teachers, students and citizens to promote sustainable practices in their communities.

Passaic River Institute

The mission of the Passaic River Institute is to further environmental research and education and to seek solutions for environmental problems within the Passaic River basin of Northern New Jersey. PRI research projects include the study of contaminant biological uptake, regional toxicity, pollutant fate, transport and distribution, and ecosystem degradation and restoration.

PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies

The PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (ISS) at Montclair State University was founded in 2009 to foster interdisciplinary research and education to address the relevant sustainability issues of our time. The Institute’s efforts focus on human interactions with the natural environment in urban settings.

Remote Sensing Laboratory

The Remote Sensing Laboratory is located in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies (EAES). Research activities in the lab are sponsored by NASA and the European Space Agency. Current projects to use data from NASA's Earth Observing System satellite instruments to map forest and shrubs in desert grasslands in the southwestern US; and to exploit data from the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) flown on the Proba satellite. A current research focus is the use of data from the unique NASA/JPL Multiangle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR), including cutting-edge work on mapping forest canopy height as well as crown cover; and mapping woody plant cover and community type in desert grasslands. Users of the Lab include faculty, visiting scientists, post-doctoral research associates, and graduate and undergraduate students. Software includes ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS, IDL, ImageJ, and proprietary codes.

Other CSAM Research Centers and Institutes

The College of Science and Mathematics houses many other research centers, institutes and facilities including the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research, the Red Hawk Math Learning Center, and the Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences. Visit the College of Science and Mathematics Centers and Institutes page to learn more.