Southwestern Research Station

Vision Statement

The Southwestern Research Station aspires to add to the existing diversity and strengths of the American Museum of Natural History by providing scientists and educators from the Museum and other institutions across the country and around the world the opportunity to participate in research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biologically rich environments in the United States. The Station seeks to face the challenges of the future by promoting knowledge and understanding of our ever changing world and by evolving to meet the current needs of individuals and groups that strive to conserve the world’s biodiversity – all through the benefits of an outdoor laboratory that enhances research and education.

Announcements and Job Postings

The Station is pleased to announce a new addition to our team:

Michele Lanan has joined the SWRS as Resident Research Scientist. Her research explores various aspects of ant evolution, ecology, and behavior, using a variety of methods including field research, laboratory experiments with live colonies, agent-based modeling, phylogenetic analysis, electron microscopy, and next-generation sequencing techniques. She has worked extensively in the Sonoran Desert and Sky Island habitats of southern Arizona on ant collective decision-making, plant-ant interactions, ant morphological evolution, and ant-microbial interactions, and looks forward to continuing her research in the heart of the Chiricahuas. She enjoys seeking creative ways to combine techniques and perspectives to get at a particular question, and believes that her interests in music and art enrich her scientific work. A passionate educator, she has taught a variety of field courses, including the SWRS course Ants of the Southwest, and served as the Herbert Reich Chair of the Natural Sciences at Deep Springs College, CA. Dr. Lanan received her BA in Biology from Pomona College in 2004 and her PhD in Insect Science and Entomology with Dr. Judith Bronstein at the University of Arizona in 2010.



for Birders, Hikers, and all Naturalists interested in exploring the vast diversity of the Chiricahua Mountains!  Visit our accommodations webpage for details.

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Our weather station is up and running! You can also visit the local transect network page. This link offers access to all automated stations in the area, sans the uncompleted Bootlegger Saddle station. The Chiricahua Desert Museum station provides a weather photo of the mountain range that updates every 10 minutes during daytime hours.