CEC hosts two strategic research areas, BECC and MERGE. It also contains the research that was at the former Department of Environmental Science.
A strategic research area concerning Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate.
A strategic research area focusing on the terrestrial biosphere as a critical climate system component, leading to Improved local, regional and global climate models with climate/vegetation interactions.
A "Multifunctional Agriculture: Harnessing Biodiversity for Sustaining Agricultural production and Ecosystem Services is a "Strong Research Environment" funded by FORMAS.