50 year Anniversary of Gobabeb Station
Thursday, April 26, 2012 06:36 AM

From a humble beginning in 1962, Gobabeb has established itself over 50 years as proud centre of research and education – making valuable contributions to Namibia’s national knowledge base as well as to the international scientific community.

Gobabeb is synonymous with the Namib Desert, a unique environment that encompasses vast panoramas of majestic landscapes in a striking range of diverse, fascinating plant and animal life, distinct in its beauty and aesthetic charm.  Gobabeb lies in the middle of this pristine environment, 160 km inland from the nearest coastal harbor town of Walvis Bay, in a 100 year long conservation area – the Namib Naukluft Nature Park.   It is an outstanding example of the well researched geological, geomorphologic, ecological and biological desert landscape processes.

For the past fifty years since its inception the centre’s key aim is to facilitate and promote field oriented research taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the Namib Desert.  The centre is also taking part in a leading role for the sustainable practices through natural resource management in arid environments throughout Namibia, the SADC region and internationally.   For the future the intention is to strengthen the centre by continuing to expand knowledge and understanding of the local, national and global environment, and to enhance its capacity to contribute towards a sustainable desert environment.

By: Inge A. Henschel (Gobabeb Research and Training Centre, Librarian)

For more information please contact us at [email protected] and


Field Station and Marine Lab Emerging Intiative Survey
Friday, March 16, 2012 12:16 PM

Dear OBFS and NAML Members,

On March 14 you should have received a link to a survey produced by the Field Stations and Marine Laboratories Emerging Initiative Project.

A key goal of this NSF funded project (DBI-1126161) is to gather information that will help facilitate strategic planning for place-based research stations.  This survey will help us collect a representative picture of the variation in site types, which is dependent on a high response rate.  Please help us develop a good description of the place-based research stations and what their needs are by responding to this survey

We have worked hard to keep the survey response time to 20 minutes as we know your time is valuable.  We will not be collecting detailed site information, but rather developing a general understanding of what the landscape looks like for institutions.

If for some reason you did not receive an email with a link to the survey, or know of someone who should receive this survey, please use this link to add a site:  You can also email us information.

If you have questions feel free to contact me.

Ian Billick Executive Director, RMBL

Chair in Freshwater Science, Univ. Of Mississippi
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 06:29 AM

Doherty Chair in Freshwater Science
Department of Biology and Center for Water and Wetland Resources

The University of Mississippi’s Department of Biology and Center for Water and Wetland Resources (CWWR) seeks an exceptional individual to expand their programs in freshwater science. The successful candidate will hold the title of Doherty Chair, with office and laboratory space at the CWWR located at the UM Field Station.

We seek a model mentor, teacher and researcher with an established, extramurally funded research program who is qualified to hold the position of tenured professor in the Department of Biology. The Doherty Chair will be expected to 1) ensure excellence in scholarship, teaching and service; 2) increase the level and scope of extramural funding that supports academic and research initiatives in the Department of Biology and the CWWR; 3) provide leadership in developing a national reputation for the university’s freshwater science programs; and 4) enhance outreach efforts in the community and the region. It is expected that the Chair’s research will be conducted at least in part at the CWWR.  Teaching will be commensurate with the Chair’s research commitment and interests.  Graduate assistantships are associated with the position.

The Center for Water and Wetland Resources is a specialized research unit located at the 740-acre UM Field Station, approximately 12 miles from the main campus, which includes natural and constructed wetlands, more than 200 experimental ponds from 0.1 to 2 acres, and several springs and small streams. More information concerning the CWWR and field station is available at

To apply, please visit our Online Employment Service for full job description at Applications should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) reprints of up to five recent publications, and (5) a list of three references.  Letters of nomination should be addressed to Dr. Marjorie M. Holland, Chair, Search Committee for Doherty Chair in Freshwater Science, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677.  
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Web Updates: Special Characters
Monday, March 12, 2012 06:14 AM

I wanted to update everyone on some behind-the-scenes technical stuff we're working on to make the OBFS site better!

Right now, our site has an issue with what are known online as "special characters"--basically, words with accents or diacritical marks: Ñ, Ç, and Ý, for example.  When those go into the database, they come back out again as...well, not words.  And you may see your station name, or your name, suddenly transformed into something strange.

We are aware of this problem, and have received word from the server folks that they think they will be able to allow "special characters" by the end of 2012.  There is extensive testing involved, since sometimes databases think those characters are command codes.

So, while I can't offer you that feature today, I wanted you to know that we know it's a problem, and are working on a solution that appropriately supports the international membership and diversity of OBFS.

A note from the übernerd/webmaster

QUERC Field Station Manager
Saturday, March 10, 2012 07:10 PM
Availability: August 1, 2012
Responsibility: On-site Coordinator: Coordinate all Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) activities on site. Manage travel logistics and contacts for educational activities. Provide orientation for students, establish
on-site policies and procedures for students and guests. Development and Networking: Actively maintain contacts with scientific and educational communities throughout Costa Rica. Provide appropriate services to researchers in the San Gerardo area. Actively cultivate the exchange of research and educational resources. Seek to position QERC as the recognized scientific and educational resource in the Upper Savegre Watershed.

Community Relations: facilitate annual meeting between the QERC Director and the local community in order to develop shared vision to evaluate the effectiveness of QERC in meeting shared goals, discuss issues identified with regard to the operation of QERC or its role in the community, and ensure that QERC operates in good standing with the terms of the lease. Meet with the leasor at least one other time during the year to update them on the QERC operations and develop a mutually beneficial partnership. Develop school programs that educate the children of the San Gerardo school about the valley environment, environmental conservation, science, cross-cultural interaction, or other relative topics within the domain of QERC expertise. Track research in the valley, gather data (raw and interpreted), and disseminate the products of QERC research to residents of the valley in general and to the Chacon family in particular. Publish a biannual QERC newsletter distributed to the San Gerardo community informing readers of the ongoing work at QERC.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or related area with at least two years experience in a relevant field. A graduate degree in biology or related field is preferable. Conversational fluency in Spanish is required in addition to excellent communication skills with faculty, students, and local residents. Committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the mission and core values of the Church of the Nazarene.

Please see Full Job posing at:

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