Yellowstone Ecological Research Center was founded in 2001. The company's line of business includes providing noncommercial research. The lab is like an ecosystem. It is more than just the headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, or even the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that we work in, but also the diverse mix of people—distributed over space and time but united by the landscape—working together as a holistic body. From the full-time Staff of scientists, coordinators, and communicators in Bozeman, to the Affiliates like graduate students, specialists, and dedicated volunteers contributing talent to special projects. Over the years, they have developed networks and relationships among and between the many individuals, communities, and organizations that share our vision. Within YERC, we use our Board of Directors for oversight, direction, and “door opening”. they have also created a Yellowstone Science Advisory Council (YSAC) that is a dynamic two-way engagement where mutual goals are shared and cooperative ventures are forged. As a research location, Yellowstone has long attracted scientists. In any given year, 150–200 scientific researchers are permitted to use study sites in the park, and many more conduct research at the park’s Heritage and Research Center. Yellowstone is one of the most high- profile research locations in the National Park Service and has one of the most active research programs. Researchers from universities, other agencies, and the National Park Service come to Yellowstone to conduct scientific studies. Research studies provide valuable information to the park. Dozens of comprehensive studies were completed in the 20 years following the 1988 fires. The restoration of wolves in 1995 lead to increased research interest on the complex interactions on the northern range and continues today. The active volcanic ecosystem also fuels a wide variety of geologic studies. Many of these scientific studies have ramifications far beyond Yellowstone National Park.