The AEC is the site of many independently funded research programs and project (see Current Research). These programs represent a broad spectrum of research, from basic to applied, encompassing themes such as the social organization of deer, movement of soil ions, shelterwood silvicultural regimes, and assessing biodiversity across the Adirondack Park. Approximately 150 graduate degrees stem from studies conducted at this site. Recent research cooperators include the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Lamont-Doherty Geological Survey, Cornell University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
In addition to providing support to graduate students, outside agencies and visiting scientists, the AEC has established an ecological monitoring system to record physical, chemical, and biological features on a long term basis. The Adirondack Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Program (ALTEMP) provides the long term perspective necessary to detect changes and identify trends in the Adirondack ecosystem.