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Common Questions

  1. What is needed to conduct research at OSBS?
  2. Can Non-UF academic institutions and government agencies utilize OSBS for research and monitoring projects?
  3. What is needed in order to use the Station for teaching and training courses?
  4. Are there fees for using the Station and its resources?
  5. Why is the Station not directly open to the general public?
  6. Can the public get involved in the Station?
  7. Does the Station take injured or relocated animals?
  8. I am interested in learning more about opportunities for utilizing the NEON data and resources. Who do I contact?
  9. Is onsite lodging available for researchers or courses?
  10. Is there internet access at OSBS?

1. What is needed to conduct research at OSBS?

We suggest that interested investigators contact the Station at 352.475.2300 and ask to speak with the Associate Director regarding their research interests and logistical needs. The next step is to establish a project portal account on this website, which can be found along the top menu. Once the account request is received and approved, applicants can then log into the portal and begin submitting a research application. Research applications are reviewed as soon as possible and may take up to two weeks or longer to review (depending on the proposed project). Once the application is approved, applicants will be notified via email regarding the next step.

2. Can Non-UF academic institutions and government agencies utilize OSBS for research and monitoring projects?

Yes. OSBS has a long history of research use by other universities as well as government agencies. Private companies may also utilize OSBS, but copies of data and publications generated from work will be provided to OSBS.

3. What is needed in order to use the Station for teaching and training courses?

First time instructors visiting OSBS should contact the Station office at 352.475.2300 and ask to speak with the Associate Director regarding their proposed course use and logistical needs. The next step is to establish a project portal account on this website, which can be found along the top menu. Once the account request is received and approved, applicants can then log into the portal and begin submitting a teaching application. Once the application is approved, applicants will be notified via email regarding logistics and scheduling the visit. Faculty are required to complete an application for student class projects. Non-UF educational institutions are welcome to utilize the Station and should follow the same procedure as noted above.

Returning courses: Once a course use is approved, instructors will NOT need to resubmit a new application for that course in the future. Returning instructors can update their approved teaching use permit in the Project Portal with new visit dates and any classroom use, resources, and instructor support that they may need.

4. Are there fees for using the Station and its resources?

Research projects are charged a use fee based on the number of days they visit OSBS. UF courses and K-12 courses are not charged for using OSBS. However all users are subject to the equipment and service fees. Project needing to establish long-term use of the Station or installation of semi-permanent or permanent infrastructure may be subject to a different fee based on the level of use and impacts. Fee waivers may be granted, but are at the discretion of the Station Director. Please see the fee schedule for a list of fees.

5. Why is the Station not directly open to the general public?

The Station is private land and managed as an outdoor laboratory to support academic research, teaching, and extension programs and not a public park or preserve. However, long-term goals are to develop a designated area so that the public may have access for education and extension purposes.

6. Can the public get involved in the Station?

Yes, please see the volunteer opportunities listed on the Jobs/Volunteer page.

7. Does the Station take injured or relocated animals?

We are not a wildlife rehabilitation center or zoological park and therefore do not accept injured or displaced wildlife. Because of the potential of introducing diseases into the wildlife and fish populations on the Station and therefore impacting research, we do not accept relocated animals. Please contact your local veterinarian for assistance.

8. I am interested in learning more about opportunities for utilizing the NEON data and resources. Who do I contact?

We suggest you visit the NEON website at www.neoninc.org to find out more information.

9. Is onsite lodging available for researchers or courses?

The Station can currently accommodate up to 11 overnight guests. Three single-occupancy rooms are available at the Cofrin Cottage and eight beds in shared rooms are available at the bunkhouse. The Station also has a small RV campground with full hooks-ups as well as primitive camping areas.

Is there internet access at OSBS?

The Station has high speed WiFi access at the Conservation center and the classroom. For short-term use (2 weeks or less), users may login with a UF guest access. For longer access, visitors will need to obtain a Gatorlink account.

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