Welcome to the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

CPCESU Mission Statement

The CPCESU creates opportunities for research, education, and technical assistance to support stewardship of natural and cultural resources by Federal agencies on the Colorado Plateau.
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Project Spotlights

Our project spotlights are intended to highlight in-progress and completed CPCESU projects. To see our current spotlights, click on the picture below.


Archaeology Southwest has developed a website dedicated to one of its CPCESU projects, Archaeological Studies at Las Ventanas LA 1328.

12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau

A great success!

The Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau was initiated in 1989 by the then Cooperative Park Studies Unit to bring researchers and park managers together to identify key issues and to provide technical assistance or plan research to address these issues.  The purpose of the conference has not changed since its inception but the scale has been greatly expanded.  Because one of the goals of Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units is to provide usable science to land managers, it seemed like a logical step for the CPCESU to assume a coordination role for the conference.  As a result, in 2011, the Colorado Plateau CESU assumed a leadership role for the conference.  Northern Arizona stepped forward and the Office of the Vice President for Research chaired the conference.  The CPCESU Director and others served on the planning committee and assisted with fund raising.  In 2013, the 12th Biennial Conference was again hosted by NAU.  However, the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center provided funding for a conference coordinator (Lara Schmit) and also provided the Deputy Director, Barb Ralston to serve as co-program chair with Ron Hiebert, the CPCESU Director.   A year of hard work by the CPCESU and its partners resulted in a highly successful conference this September.  Seven of our nine Federal partners and sixteen of our twenty-eight non-federal partners participated as sponsors, symposia organizers, and paper and poster presenters.

CPCESU Strategic Plan

The CPCESU approved a Strategic Plan in Summer 2010. Read more about the plan's goals and objectives.

This site was updated April 1, 2014.



Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
PO Box 15018
Flagstaff, AZ
86011-5018


Physical Address:
CPCESU
Building #82
200 E. Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ
86011-5018


Phone: 928-523-5549
Fax: 928-523-1080
E-Mail: cpcesu@nau.edu


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