Strategic Planning for FSML
Saturday, June 18, 2011 05:35 PM

Positioning Field Stations and Marine Laboratories for Emerging Initiatives in Scientific Research and Training

This project will position marine laboratories and field stations to meet emerging scientific trends.

As the human population grows and natural resource consumption increases, understanding and managing the environment for sustainability has never been more important. As institutions that foster place-based research, field stations and marine laboratories (FSMLs) are a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure needed to address a wide range of environmental issues.

With over 350 field stations and marine laboratories distributed among all 50 states managing a large amount of scientific equipment, research vessels, laboratories, living accommodations, and land, there is a huge existing investment in the FSML network. Because of the diversity, complexity, and enduring nature of field stations and marine laboratories, strategic planning is critical for ensuring that such institutions are well positioned to meet the dynamic and changing needs of scientists, students, and public they serve.  

Please visit our website to learn more and participate:

Building and Operating the Field Stations and Marine Laboratories of the Future

Please let me know if you have questions.

Sonda Donovan
Project Manager, FSML Emerging Initiatives