Organization of Biological Field Stations

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at BIOS
Undergraduate Marine & Oceanographic Research Internships in Bermuda

Email [email protected] or T (441) 297-1880 x115 for more information
Progressive Fee Structure

Dear Members of OBFS,

 At the 2017 Annual Meeting the Membership asked the Board to develop a proposal for a progressive dues structure. The Board has done so and presents the proposal below. It will be put to a Membership vote at the 2018 Annual Meeting. While developing the proposal the Board conducted a Membership survey and considered several alternative models. The proposal presented below has the full endorsement of the Board.

 Proposed Dues Structure:

Member Station Operating Budget

Annual Membership Dues

$0 - $50,000


$50,001 - $200,000


$200,001 - $500,000


$500,001 - $1,000,000


> $1,000,000



Consider the following (and address the two questions at the bottom if appropriate):

  • The progressive dues structure allows smaller or less-resourced field stations to join at a lower-than-current rate without compromising OBFS operational revenue.
  • While the dues structure is based on a field station’s budget, budget categorization is made by the field station and remains private. In other words, member stations set their own dues, on the honor system, and OBFS maintains station anonymity with regard to membership dues level.
  • There are no differences in benefits among dues levels. The progressive structure is designed to make all of the organization’s benefits and services available to a much broader range of field stations.
  • The progressive dues structure is expected to bring in more annual revenue than the current structure, and will help the organization move forward on its business plan to hire an Executive Director within the next 2-4 years.
  • Individual membership dues will not be affected by this the progressive dues structure.
  • This proposed structure automatically raises station membership dues as a station’s budget increases over time. So there will be less (or no) need for OBFS to adjust dues levels every few years.                                                    
  • Question 1: Would such a fee structure help your station, or would it deter your station from renewing your membership?
  • Question 2: What changes or adjustments should the Board consider before bringing this proposal to the Membership for a vote?

Party For Science 2018

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

Current ticket holders will receive refunds. We will reschedule for Spring of 2019



Friday November 16th  7:00-11:00 pm  @ the Deering Estate  16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157

A fundraiser to benefit the Organization of Biological Field Stations, hosted at Deering Estate.

the Deering Estate

 Join OBFS at its annual fundraiser “Party for Science” on Friday, November 16th at the Deering Estate. The event will feature guest speakers Carl Safina, author of “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel,” and conservation photographer Mac Stone.

OBFS is raising awareness about the important role field stations play in understanding the Earth's processes and engaging people in science and discovery.


$95 limited number reduced-price tickets ( first 100 tickets sold)

$125 regular-price tickets 

For more information or to obtain a graduate student discount code call Sarah Oktay at 970-901-7801 or email [email protected]

Food and libations. Business Casual.

Desert Studies Center Research and Education Coordinator

Title:     Desert Studies Center Research and Education Coordinator

Classification:     Admin Analyst/Specialist Exempt II

Work schedule:     Full-time, schedule varies depending on need

Closing date:     January 10, 2019


The California State University Desert Studies Consortium seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Desert Study Center Research and Education Coordinator.  The R & E Coordinator oversees day-to-day planning, management and execution of academic programs at the Soda Springs Desert Studies Center (DSC) field station located at Zzyzx, CA. The successful candidate will be accountable for short- and long-term academic goals at the DSC, including those developed as partnerships or networks with other agencies and organizations (e.g., Mojave National Preserve).  Responsibilities of the position include: grant-writing and fundraising to support DSC research and education programs, development and teaching of desert-related courses (e.g., extension, intersession classes) using student-centered teaching practices, instructional support of classes from other institutions at the DSC, development of a DSC-based research program in one's specialty that includes student participation, and assistance with many operational needs of this remote field station.

The position is based at the DSC, which is located within the Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, California. The DSC is operated by the California State University (CSU) system and governed by the California Desert Studies Consortium (CDSC), which is an academic collaboration among seven CSU campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton (host campus), Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino. The mission of the CDSC is to encourage the understanding of, and appreciation for, the California deserts by developing student academic skills and public awareness through instruction, research and special programs.

The DSC serves >2500 users annually for classes and other academic activities. The highly variable work schedule and remote location of the DSC often requires being on call outside normal business hours and regular off-site travel for procurement and meetings.  Long-term housing at the DSC and business-related vehicle use are provided by the CDSC.

For job details see:

To apply: Use the link below and select “Location: Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx”
Seaweed Ecology Instructor - Oregon Institute of Marien Biology

Dear Colleagues,

The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is looking for an adjunct instructor to teach a 4-week, 4-credit Seaweed Ecology course next summer (2019). The course will be three full days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 22- Aug. 16, 2019. Please distribute to any interested parties.

Applicants will need to submit a curriculum vitae and names of three references to the link below:

Maya Watts


Education Program Coordinator
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
University of Oregon
P.O. Box 5389
Charleston, OR 97420
(541)888-2581 ext. 201

Adjunct Instructor - Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology maintains a pool of applicants for temporary instructional positions during the Institute’s spring and summer session. For spring 2019 we are interested in applicants to teach a 12-week Marine Ecology course.  Areas occasionally needed in summer are marine birds and mammals, biology of fishes, invertebrate zoology, and short courses in marine biological invasions, marine biodiversity, seaweed ecology, ocean acidification and biological illustrations. Courses may be taught in other terms of the year.  Positions are limited duration appointments potentially renewable for up to a total of three years. In limited circumstances, there is the possibility of renewal beyond three years based on programmatic need, funding and performance. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and pool will remain active through October 31, 2019. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and continue until positions are filled. A Ph.D. with strength in marine biology is required for all positions with the exception of the 2-credit short courses that require a MSc and significant experience.  Information on the Institute’s spring and summer session is at

To apply, you will need to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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