Facilities Description

SWRS Animal Pens

SWRS has laboratories where scientists may set up bench-space to conduct their work.  Outdoor animal behavior enclosures are available (the Animal Behavior Observatory, and others), as are indoor animal holding facilities (the Live Animal Holding Facility, which contains four climate-controlled rooms and 2 natural light/temperature porches).

A computer room provides space for scientists to set up their own computers, in addition to three shared Station computers for DSL Internet access.  All laboratories and the Education Building are hardwired for DSL.  If your laptop does not have an Ethernet port you should purchase an adaptor before you arrive to the Station.  Internet access is available for registered researchers.  Wireless internet is free but unpredictable. 

Our small, special library has publications relating to all the major groups studied here and also houses regionally synoptic collections of birds, mammals, insects, arthropods, and an herbarium. 

These facilities are all available to scientists staying here. “Outside” (non-registered) scientists may access the library/collections area, however they must sign in at the office prior to doing so.


A technical equipment laboratory houses the following specialized equipment:

  • Chemical Ventilation Hood
  • Percival Environmental Chambers
  • Phase Contrast Microscope
  • Microtome
  • Dissecting Microscope (for use by courses and researchers)
  • Microscope slide warmer
  • Various scales and balances
  • Three drying ovens
  • Wild M3Z Dissecting scope with photographic tube
  • Intralux 6600 light source
  • Fiber optic lights
  • Microhematocrit Centrifuge IEC B
  • Electrophoresis Unit
  • Water Bath

SWRS Lab Entry

Empty SWRS Lab