Biological field stations: research legacies and sites for serendipity

  • Authors: Michener, William K.; Bildstein, Keith L.; McKee, Arthur; Parmenter, Robert R.; Hargrove, William W.; McClearn, Deedra; Stromberg, Mark
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: BioScience, Vol. 59(4): 300-310

Abstract

Biological field stations are distributed throughout North America, capturing much of the ecological variability present at the continental scale and encompassing many unique habitats. In addition to their role in supporting research and education, field stations offer legacies of data, specimens, and accumulated knowledge. Such legacies often provide the only framework for documenting and understanding the nature and pace of ecosystem, regional, and global changes in environmental conditions; ecological processes; and biodiversity. Because of these legacies and because they serve as gathering places for a rich diversity of highly creative and motivated scientists, students, and citizens, biological field stations are frequently where serendipitous scientific discoveries take place. The inclusion of biological field stations in environmental observatories and research networks ensures that these places will continue to foster future serendipitous scientific discoveries.

  • Citation: Michener, William K.; Bildstein, Keith L.; McKee, Arthur; Parmenter, Robert R.; Hargrove, William W.; McClearn, Deedra; Stromberg, Mark 2009. Biological field stations: research legacies and sites for serendipity. BioScience, Vol. 59(4): 300-310
  • Keywords: biological field stations, long-term research, research legacies, serendipity, socially relevant research
  • Posted Date: May 4, 2009
  • Modified Date: May 4, 2009
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