The Function of Field Stations and Marine Labs
Biological field stations and marine laboratories (FSMLs) provide living libraries and outdoor laboratories for students, researchers, and the general public. They vary greatly in form and purpose, and include both marine laboratories whose focus is offshore, as well as terrestrial reserves dedicated to protecting key ecosystems. Field stations vary in size from a few urban acres to thousands of acres spread across a remote landscape. Station facilities might range from trail networks to state-of-the-art laboratories. Whatever form individual field stations may take, they all share the same commitment to advancing our understanding of the Earth by supporting research, teaching, and public education. Research stations provide an invaluable service to local communities and the country by providing unbiased scientific information and facilities to help governmental and other stakeholders tackle critical environmental issues.
Field station staff and researchers provide place-based information ensuring that environmental considerations are factored into local and regional planning and development decisions.
"You do realize what that summer...did to us, don't you? Made us realize we could actually do science."
— Jeff, past student at a field station
"Field stations are places where we can read the book of life in the language in which it was written."
— James Kirchner, U.C. Berkeley
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