Centers and Institutes

Earth and Environmental Studies faculty and students collaborate with research centers and institutes across campus.

New Jersey School of Conservation

The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC), housed within the College of Science and Mathematics, 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 Passaic River Institute (PRI), housed within the College of Science and Mathematics, seeks 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 (PSEG-ISS) supports transdisciplinary research and community projects that grow more resilient communities. From climate change research in New Jersey, to energy studies in Vietnam and modeling water availability in Africa, Montclair State University’s faculty cover the world with discovery and share results with local residents, state agencies, and professionals.

Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies

The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS), housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 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.