Welcome to Integral Ecology Research Center: IERC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and conservation of wildlife and their ecosystems. Founded in 2004, IERC has conducted and continues research on several sensitive wildlife species, with the ultimate goal of providing knowledge and understanding towards the conservation of these species and their habitats. Our projects range from the mountains of the desert southwest to the old-growth forests and coastal dunes of northern California. Our research entails a wide range of species from …

  • big cats
  • elusive forest carnivores
  • sensitive stream amphibians
  • endangered invertebrates
  • to wildlife and zoonotic diseases

Through our programs, we hope to provide the most current and scientifically accurate ecological information that will help wildlife managers, educators, researchers, and politicians implement well- informed conservation measures for wildlife species and promote biological diversity world-wide.

IERC Mission Statement

To perform ecological research, and to compile, organize, and disseminate the results of this research in order to improve scientific knowledge of the public and advance the management and conservation of wildlife species and their communities, and overall ecosystem health and conservation.

Founders Mourad Gabriel and Greta Wengert

Mourad Gabriel M.S., Ph.D., Executive Director and
Senior Ecologist
and Greta Wengert M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Director and
Senior Ecologist