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research program

The Station's Research Program focuses primarily on supporting faculty, graduate, and undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. A combination of convenience, diversity, and size has made the Station an attractive site for researchers and class activities. Other universities/colleges and state/federal agencies regularly utilize OSBS for research opportunities. Monitoring and database development are ongoing and play an important role in enhancing research and teaching opportunities as well as supporting conservation management.

Between 1982-2014, 65 graduate projects have been conducted at the Station. Approximately 205+ research publications and reports have been generated from university, state, federal, and private research studies that have utilized OSBS. Much of the research to date has focused on understanding the processes and dynamics of the sandhill ecosystem. This understanding has also been advanced by hydrological and limnological studies that have examined water quality, acidification, ground water and chemical budgets of seepage lakes, nutrient limitations, and recharge affects to the water table aquifer from rainfall. The isolated, ephemeral ponds in this upland landscape are an important feature in the life histories of many species.

Table 1. Examples of state and federal agencies, universities, and NGOs that have utilized the Station for research.
  • Fl. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Fl. Department of Environmental Protection
  • US Geological Survey
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • St. Johns River Water Management District
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Fl. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • National Ecological Overvatory Network (NEON)
  • Florida Forest Service
  • Jacksonville Energy Authority (JEA)
  • University of Florida
  • Duke University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of North Carolina
  • Harvard University
  • University of South Florida
  • Washington University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Missouri
  • Kansas State University
  • Yale University
  • Boston University
  • Mississippi State University

What is needed in order to conduct research at OSBS?
We suggest that interested investigators contact the Station at 352.846.0576 to discuss their research interests and logistical needs. The next step is to download and submit a research application. Research applications are reviewed at the beginning of each month and may take up to two weeks or longer to review (depends on the proposed project). Once the application is approved, applicants will be contacted to discuss project initiation and to provide project packet.

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

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