The Geo-Ecology Research Group, a consortium of researchers from Central Washington University, Western Washington University, and Washington State Department of Ecology was initially formed in 1997 by Anthony Gabriel (while at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) and Leo Bodensteiner (Huxley College , WWU). The GRG's principal aim is to conduct applied, ecological research with undergraduate and graduate students, focusing on a variety of resource management issues. The group has conducted research for various government agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology (DOE), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Yakama Nation. Their projects have focused on a variety of shoreline and watershed issues, including assessment of sensitive shorelines, wetland characterizations, shoreline hazard studies, and examining ecological impacts of shoreline development and water level drawdowns.
Since 1997, the GRG has received a combination of 33 external research grants and contracts totaling over $1.1 million, funding 67 graduate student and summer student research positions. To date, this collaborative work has resulted in 8 refereed journal articles, 38 papers at international or regional conferences, 31 government reports, and 36 research presentations to local or university groups. Besides Anthony Gabriel, various projects have also included David Cordner, Bob Hickey, Karl Lillquist, Allen Sullivan, and Morris Uebelacker.