SUNY Oneonta News

September 24, 2010
 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT TO SUPPORT SUNY ONEONTA BIOLOGICAL FIELD STATION

 

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $417,500 to the SUNY Oneonta to rebuild a field laboratory located in a research area of the college’s Biological Field Station in Cooperstown.

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Willard Harman, director of the Biological Field Station, will serve as principal investigator for the project entitled “Sustainable Infrastructure for the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Upper Research Site.” He will work with Drs. Florian Reyda and Nigel Mann of the SUNY Oneonta Biology Department as co-principal investigators. The three faculty members developed the grant application in conjunction with SUNY Oneonta Associate Vice President for Facilities Thomas Rathbone and Facilities Program Coordinator Scott Barton.

The award will improve the research capacity of the Biological Field Station by rebuilding an existing field laboratory in the station’s upper research site. The enhanced ability to conduct studies will allow faculty and student researchers to undertake projects in ornithology, parasitology, geomorphology, botany, and population ecology. It will also facilitate collaborations with colleagues at other institutions to investigate the site’s unique characteristics.

Since 1967, the research site has been used for studies on topics such as the primary productivity in old fields undergoing succession, community ecology of anthropophilous mosquitoes, trematode and mollusk life cycles and population dynamics, fisheries ecology, impacts of invasive species, and trophic cascades associated with water-quality management and land use.

The SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, whose main laboratory is located on Otsego Lake, encompasses more than 2,500 acres of woodlands, bogs, marshes and ponds. The facility provides opportunities for students and faculty to conduct field research in aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

More information about the Biological Field Station and the National Science Foundation grant is available from Dr. Harman at 547-8778.


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