Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility
The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) is based in South Bend’s St. Patrick’s County Park. It hosts two replicated watersheds that each contain a linked stream, pond, and wetland that can be manipulated to test ecological hypotheses.
In addition to the aquatic resources, ND-LEEF has several shallow-groundwater monitoring wells. There are also several acres available for terrestrial research and a large gravel lay-down area for mesocosm experiments. A newly constructed pavilion offers an ideal venue for education and outreach programs.
ND-LEEF is available to Notre Dame researchers, other academic institutions, and industry.