October 2007

Surveillance | Land Management | Education | Research | Conservation Management

New on the ESER Website

2007 First Quarter Surveillance Report

Newspaper in Education Ask a Scientist website


Desert Species of the Month

An Animal of the High Desert - Swainson's Hawk

Desert Species of the Month Archive


Land Management:  Focus on  the National Environmental Research Park (NERP)

National Environmental Research Parks (NERPs) are outdoor laboratories that provide opportunities for environmental studies on protected lands that act as buffers around Department of Energy (DOE) facilities.



Environmental Education

Ask a Scientist website and Post Register column

ESER staff members are available for presentations to groups and classrooms in southeastern Idaho. Presentations are adapted to grade-level and are free of charge.

Presentations available
Schedule a presentation:
Alana Jensen


Contact Us
Contact us:
ESER Program
S. M. Stoller Corp.
120 Technology Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401



Educational Outreach through the ESER Program

The ESER team is committed to providing education opportunities in research and field experience on the Idaho National Laboratory. To accomplish this mission, we developed a comprehensive educational outreach plan. Our plan is threefold:

  • Provide research internships through the ESER Programís fieldwork program

  • Provide research opportunities for graduate students through the Idaho National Environmental Research Park (NERP)

  • Team with universities to provide additional research opportunities through Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUís).

Research Internships

In the past seven years, ESER has provided summer internships for 43 high school and 49 college students. The interns have provided field and research assistance to the ESER Program in the following areas:

Students are recruited from local high schools and universities across the country. ESER has provided internships to students from Stanford University, University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Albertsons College of Idaho, Sterling College, St. Lawrence University, College of Southern Idaho, Brigham Young University, and Brigham Young University-Idaho. Interns are provided grant money for their services through the ESER Program. The interns are able to use the grant money to further their education.


NERP Research Assistance

NERPs are outdoor laboratories that provide opportunities for environmental studies on protected lands that act as buffers around Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. The INL Site was designated as a NERP in 1975.

The Idaho NERP provides exceptional opportunities for graduate-student research because of its established facilities, a security buffer that protects research, long-term records of environmental conditions, and partnerships with universities and industry. Some of the recent and current research projects conducted on the Idaho NERP by graduate and post-graduate students, under the coordination of the ESER Program, are:

Seven Masters or Doctoral theses have been published from research conducted at INL with assistance from Stoller ESER scientists.

Partnership with CESUís

The CESU National Network is a network of cooperative units established to provide research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers. Each CESU is structured as a working collaboration among federal agencies and universities. CESUís are based at universities and focused on a biogeographic region of the country.

To facilitate and enhance ecological and other research through the ESER Program and the NERP, Stoller works with the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin CESUís with twenty-three universities located across the western United States. This collaboration not only improves and increases Stollerís ability to conduct research through the ESER Program, but also provides DOE-ID a conduit to interact with regional universities and federal agencies on issues as diverse as social concerns, natural resources preservation, ecology, land management, endangered species, National Environmental Policy Act, ecological and human risk assessment, contaminant surveillance, health physics, engineering or nuclear energy. CESUís create additional opportunities for interdisciplinary and multi-agency research, technical assistance, and education.


ESER reinforces our commitment to education by employing innovative programs and resources to ensure DOE the best possible use of its research dollars on the INL and to provide students with exceptional educational opportunities.